Why shifts in energy transition policy are driving a new wave of legal disputes

Lithium mining in Chile: Lithium is crucial to powering batteries in electric cars but governments are finding mining for alternative energy sources can be contentious. (Photo: Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images)

An increase in litigation is a likely result of government measures to fulfil climate change pledges, as every scenario has its winners and losers.

The Paris Agreement obliges most governments to reform our centuries-long dependence on fossil fuels. Inevitably, this will trigger a vast amount of litigation. 

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