Lawsuits can help in the fight against climate change

In many countries there are laws which require institutions to take into account environmental outcomes in the course of their activities. In the United Kingdom there are odd pockets of law which require institutions to take into account environmental matters – the requirement of local authorities to produce a sustainability appraisal report when preparing their plans is one example of this. These requirements are piecemeal and I suspect often inserted into legislation with good motives; they are not intended to be so radical as environmental concerns and concerns about climate change over arch every other factor in the local authority decision making process. Continue reading