Youth Climate Strike
Youth Climate Strike by Minnesota Senate DFL is licensed under CC-CC0 1.0

In a landmark climate trial, a Montana court on Monday ruled in favour of a group of youths who accused the western US state of violating their rights to a clean environment.

District Court Judge Kathy Seeley said a state law preventing agencies from considering the impacts of greenhouse gases when issuing permits for fossil fuel development was unconstitutional.

The case, Held v. State of Montana — brought by 16 plaintiffs ranging in age from five to 22 — has been closely watched because it could bolster similar litigation that has been filed across the country.

"By prohibiting analysis of GHG0 [greenhouse gas] emissions and corresponding impacts to the climate... the Montana Environmental Policy Act Limitation violates Youth Plaintiffs' right to a clean and healthful environment and is unconstitutional on its face," Seeley wrote.

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