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Below is a list of other open access databases that are useful in fossil fuel-related climate litigation research.

Sabin Centre Climate Change Litigation Databases

This site provides two databases of climate change caselaw: one on US climate change cases; and one on global (non-US) climate cases. Cases in the databases are organized by type of claim and are searchable. For many cases, links are available to decisions, complaints, and other case documents. The database is a joint project of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School and the law firm Arnold & Porter.

Climate Change Laws of the World

This is the world’s leading database of climate change laws, policies and UNFCCC submissions from every country. You can find documents from all languages translated to English. The database is a project of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change & The Environment at the London School of Economics & Political Science, and is powered by Climate Policy Radar.

Australian and Pacific Climate Change Litigation

This database records litigation (including settled cases and court orders) on issues of climate change in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. It encompasses cases across several different substantive categories including: project approval (mitigation) cases; project approval (adaptation) cases; corporate accountability cases; constitutional and human rights / state accountability cases; and cases that broaden access to justice in climate cases. The database adopts a broad definition of ‘climate litigation’. This includes cases where: climate change is a central issue in the dispute, climate change is raised as a peripheral issue, climate concerns motivate the lawsuit, or the case has implications for mitigation or adaptation. There is also some inclusion of non-court based cases (e.g., legal letters, tribunal decisions). The database is hosted by Melbourne Climate Futures, an initiative of the University of Melbourne.

Climate Change Legal Initiative (C2LI)

C2LI offers a virtual open-access searchable platform that allows users to explore climate change litigation scenarios across jurisdictions. Because of its focus on countries that have not yet experienced much, if any, climate-related litigation, C2LI also refers to cases not specifically connected to climate change that may be relevant to inform future climate litigation. It is headquartered in Scotland but operating globally.

Global Registry of Fossil Fuels

The Global Registry of Fossil Fuels aggregates data from thousands of government and corporate sources from around the world into one place—from the global level right down to individual projects. All fossil fuels figures are expressed in terms of their carbon dioxide equivalent, based on a detailed emissions conversions model, making it possible to assess the climate impact of every barrel of oil and tonne of coal produced. The registry was developed by Carbon Tracker, with data support from Global Energy Monitor.

The Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Tracker

This database contains information on fossil fuel-related policies in all countries globally, to identify best practice, and identify which countries are leaders or laggards. The Tracker is a collaboration of the University of Sussex and the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative.

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