December 2, 2015 Tim Johnson
FACTIONS OF MISCHIEF: All eyes turn this week to Paris, where the largest gathering of world leaders in history begin a multinational effort toward forging what many call the planet’s last, best hope to stave off the worst consequences of climate change. Yet a significant foundation may have been laid last week in King County Superior Court, where a judge agreed the state has a duty to protect natural resources for future generations.
Judge Hollis Hill denied an appeal by eight young activists—the Climate 8—who petitioned Washington state to adopt stricter science-based regulations to reduce carbon emissions and protect them against climate change; but the court affirmed the work of Ecology to draft new rules to meet that obligation by reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.
“She agreed with our legal arguments that they (the children) have a constitutional right to a healthful environment,” said Andrea Rodgers, an attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center. […]