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Kids’ Unique Climate-Change Challenge to Get Day in Court (1)

June 4, 2019, 10:55 AMUpdated: June 4, 2019, 1:20 PM

A novel lawsuit brought by a group of kids over climate change faces a critical hearing today before three appeals court judges, Abby Smith writes.

  • The case, Juliana v. United States, has already been on a prolonged legal path. If the young people are ultimately successful, the case could force the government to develop a comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across multiple economic sectors.
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s decision about whether to advance the case to trial also could signal how the federal courts view their role in addressing climate...
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