State Supreme Court rejects lawsuit over climate change


February 2, 2022

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The state Supreme Court on Friday narrowly upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by 16 young Alaskans who claimed the long-term effects of climate change will devastate Alaska and interfere with their fundamental constitutional rights.

The lawsuit against the state argued that Alaska’s legislative and executive branches had not taken steps to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

The lower court dismissed the case in 2018, saying these questions were better left to the other branches of government.

The plaintiffs in the case are now 10 to 25 years old. The plaintiffs argued...

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