Fossil fuel companies are already grappling with the risks posed by climate change, from the physical threats of extreme weather to the challenge of switching to cleaner energy. Now they have a new item rising up their list of worries: liability lawsuits.

Over the past two years, a growing number of legal cases in the U.S.—brought by cities, counties and the State of Rhode Island—are seeking damages from energy companies for a litany of climate-related problems.

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