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.”