Washington State Climate Lawsuit has a second win for the plantiffs. Detailed complaint here.
The details are available at Our Children’s Trust.
In granting the youth a remedy, Judge Hill noted the extraordinary circumstances of the climate crisis, saying, “this is an urgent situation…these kids can’t wait.” The court discussed the catastrophic impacts of climate destabilization globally, including the impending loss of polar bears and low-lying countries like Bangladesh. The court explained that while it had no jurisdiction outside of Washington state, it did have jurisdiction over Ecology and would order the agency to comply with the law and do its part to address the crisis. After a landmark November, 2015 decision, in which Judge Hill found that the state has a “mandatory duty” to “preserve, protect, and enhance the air quality for the current and future generations,” and found the state’s current standards to fail that standard dramatically, Ecology nonetheless unilaterally withdrew its proposed rule to reduce carbon emissions in the state in February, just months after Judge Hill specifically underscored the urgency of the climate crisis.
And there’s a suit filed against Massachusetts. There is a blog about it, the case is Kain v. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (SJC-1196), and a hearing was held on 8th January 2016 (see video here), with a decision expected Spring 2016.
“Climate is not just an environmental issue.” Professor Mary Wood
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