BERLIN, July 8 (AP) Austria’s top court has rejected a lawsuit brought by a dozen minors seeking to force the government to take tougher action on climate change.
The plaintiffs, born between 2006 and 2015, argue that their constitutional rights have been violated because the Alpine country’s climate laws do not do enough to protect them from global warming.
The Constitutional Court noted on Friday that the lawsuit only challenges parts of the legislation, and overturning them would distort its original intent.
The judge also concluded that changing the law in the manner requested by the plaintiffs would not solve the underlying problem and dismissed the case on formal grounds.
A similar lawsuit in Germany prompted the government two years ago to set new targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Austria’s climate minister, a member of the environmentalist Green Party, wants to amend the law to ensure the country’s greenhouse gas emissions reach net zero by 2040. (Associated Press)
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