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Australian Court Overturns Landmark Ruling on Youth Climate Lawsuit

HeadlineMar 18, 2022

An Australian appeals court has overturned a historic 2021 ruling that found the government had a “duty of care” to protect children from the effects of the climate catastrophe. The case was brought by eight Australian teenagers in a bid to prevent the expansion of a coal mine. The young plaintiffs could still appeal the ruling.

This comes as seven youth climate activists in Utah launched a new suit against their state and Utah officials this week. They argue fossil fuel development violates their constitutional rights and “poses an existential threat to Utah’s children.”

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