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How courts and investors are forcing big oil companies to clean up

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Lawyer Roger Cox (left) and Donald Pols, director of Friends of the Earth Netherlands, celebrate the court decision

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This has been a seismic week for international oil and gas companies who have been slow to transition into clean energy firms – but are now being forced to change faster by courts and investors.

The most significant moment came on Wednesday, when a Dutch court ordered Anglo-Dutch firm Shell to cut its carbon emissions 45 per cent by 2030, vitally including emissions from the products it sells. It was the first time …