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Judge: Seattle kids can move ahead with climate rights case


SEATTLE (AP) — Eight Seattle children should have “their day in court” to argue that Washington state and others aren’t protecting them from climate change, a judge ruled.

King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill on Monday allowed the young petitioners to move ahead in their case against the state, writing that “it is time for these youth to have the opportunity to address their concerns in a court of law, concerns raised under statute and under the state and federal constitutions.”

In Advance of Paris Climate Talks, Washington Court Recognizes Constitutional and Public Trust Rights and Announces Agency’s Legal Duty to Protect Atmosphere for Present and Future Generations (Press Release 11/20/15)

“[I]f ever there were a time to recognize through action this right to preservation of a healthful and pleasant atmosphere, the time is now”

Late last night, King County Superior Court Judge Hollis R. Hill issued a groundbreaking ruling in the unprecedented case of eight youth petitioners who requested that the Washington Department of Ecology write a carbon emissions rule that protects the atmosphere for their generation and those to come.

Kid ninjas save the world (MSNBC News 7/1/15)


Zoe Foster is 13 years old. She likes going to the beach. When not busy with homework, she also enjoys suing Washington State in King County Superior Court.

The story of Zoe’s lawsuit sounds like a bad movie, something from the same shelf as kid-ninjas save the world: a clique of teenagers, convinced their government is not doing enough to slow global warming, uses the courts to protect their future.

Yet that’s exactly what’s happening in Washington State.

Judge: Students’ petition on carbon emissions should be reconsidered (Seattle Times 6/24/15)

A King County Superior Court judge has ruled that the state Department of Ecology must reconsider a petition from young climate activists seeking a crackdown on state emissions of greenhouse gases.

Eight students who unsuccessfully petitioned the state Department of Ecology to crack down on carbon emissions gained an initial legal victory in King County Superior Court.

Citing what she called the “historical lack of political will to respond adequately to the urgent and dire acceleration of global warming,” Judge Hollis Hill ruled the petition must be reconsidered.

She set a July 8 deadline for the department to report back to the court.

Judge rules for teens in climate change case (KING 5 NBC News 6/24/15)


A group of teenagers has convinced a King County superior court judge to order the Washington State Department of Ecology (ECY) to consider statewide reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.

Judge Hollis Hill issued the ruling Tuesday. It will require ECY to reconsider the petition filed by eight teens last year. The petition asked for officials to develop policy-limiting carbon dioxide emissions based on best available science.

Federal Judge Halts Coal Mine Expansion in Northern New Mexico (Press Release 4/8/15)


In a major victory for clean air and public health, a federal judge issued an order on Tuesday that nullifies a plan to expand the Navajo Mine in northern New Mexico and stops coal mining in the expansion area. Judge John L. Kane’s order follows his March decision rejecting the Office of Surface Mining’s 2012 approval of the mine expansion for its violation of the National Environmental Policy Act and failure to analyze harm to public health, the environment, and endangered species from mercury and other coal combustion pollution.

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