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Climate Court Wins Are Hard. Don’t Let That Put You Off

There are now nearly 2,000 climate lawsuits around the world, but succeeding at them takes patience and money.

Militza Flaco, a climate activist from Panama, right, uses a mobile device to take a 'selfie' photograph with Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, center, outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019.

Militza Flaco, a climate activist from Panama, right, uses a mobile device to take a 'selfie' photograph with Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, center, outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019.

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

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A year ago, a Dutch judge ordered Shell to slash its emissions harder and faster than planned. Victorious campaigners and lawyers declared the win would straighten up the biggest polluters and serve as a warning to others.