30 Apr '16, 12am

Washington judge rules in favor of kids and climate

When kids sue the government for failing to protect future generations against climate change, it’s a long shot. But on Friday, in King County, Wash., Superior Court Judge Hollis R. Hill ruled in favor of eight Seattle-area youth petitioners: The Washington State Department of Ecology must deliver an emissions reduction rule by the end of this year. Though a previous, related decision found that Washington had “a constitutional obligation to protect the public’s interest in natural resources,” it did not require the Dept. of Ecology to create a new, more rigorous emissions-reduction rule-making process. (Gov. Jay Inslee had already directed the agency to come up with an emissions-reduction plan in July 2015.) However, the Dept. of Ecology withdrew its draft emissions rule in February of this year, and Friday’s ruling installs a court-ordered deadline for the agency to prom...

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