4 March 2015

The Role of Litigation in Fighting Climate Change

  • For the week of March 8, 2015
    Hari Osofsky is a professor in the University of Minnesota Law School, she co-authored the book “Climate Change Litigation: Regulatory Pathways to Cleaner Energy” out this spring from Cambridge University Press

  • Part 1

    Part 1
    (1:17) Osofsky’s academic career and interest in environmental law; (3:10) The number of lawsuits in the US and the rest of the world that relate to climate change; (3:43) Some reasons for the increase in the number of climate change lawsuits; ( 5:32) The issue of standing in climate change litigation; (6:54) Climate change litigation at the international level; (8:28) Typical plaintiffs in these lawsuits; (11:20) The difficulty proving causation in climate change cases

  • Part 2

    Part 2
    (:18) The major climate change lawsuits Osofsky has studied; (4:06) How lawsuits are changing corporations’ behavior; (5:34) US vs Australia and how the two different legal systems have handled climate change; (7:54) How courts interpret the science behind climate change data; (9:25) Whether lawsuits can enact policies fast enough to address climate change