Global legal actions for climate change 1990-2019

Concern about climate change has increased globally in the last decades which can be seen as communities and environmental groups have taken over 1,300 legal actions against governments and corporations worldwide. Since 1990, the United States accounted for over 1,000 climate action lawsuits, while during the same period, there were five climate change-related lawsuits against the government or corporations in Germany.

Number of climate-change related lawsuits against governments and corporations worldwide between 1990 and 2019, by select country

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Release date

July 2019



Survey time period

1990 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Worldwide there have been over 1,300 legal actions that concern climate change since 1990.

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