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Seattle Judge Rules Children’s Climate Change Lawsuit Can Proceed

HeadlineDec 21, 2016

In Seattle, a judge has ruled that eight children who have sued the state of Washington for failing to protect them from climate change can have their day in court. The children, aged 12 to 16, are arguing Washington state has violated its own constitution by failing to protect shared resources as required under the public trust doctrine. Monday’s ruling comes after a federal judge in Eugene, Oregon, ruled recently that a similar case in which young people are suing the federal government over its failure to protect them from climate change can also proceed.

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