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Austrian high court dismisses youth protestors' climate change suit

Austria’s top court on Friday dismissed a case brought by a dozen minors seeking to force the government to take tougher action against climate change.

The plaintiffs, born between 2006 and 2015, had argued that their constitutional rights were infringed, because the Alpine nation’s climate law doesn’t sufficiently protect them from the consequences of global warming.

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The Constitutional Court noted that the lawsuit challenged only parts of the legislation and striking those down would distort its original intention.

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Austria’s climate minister, a member of the environmentalist Green party, wants to revise the law and ensure the country’s greenhouse gas emissions reach net-zero by 2040.

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