Full Title: Climate Science in the Courts: A Review of U.S. and International Judicial Pronouncements
Author(s): Maria L. Banda
Publisher(s): Environmental Law Institute
Publication Date: April 28, 2020
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Climate change has been the subject of considerable political controversy in the United States, and climate skepticism—or doubts about the basics of climate science—have not been uncommon in the public debate. At the same time, U.S. courts in several recent high-profile cases, including Juliana v. United States and City of Oakland v. BP p.l.c., have expressly accepted as authoritative the science behind climate change, including its conclusions that the climate is warming, that human activity is driving the observed and anticipated changes, and that those changes will have a variety of adverse impacts in the United States and globally.