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Germany’s Top Court Finds Country’s Climate Law Violates Rights

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image © 2020 Brian Stauffer for Human Rights Watch In a landmark decision issued today, Germany’s top court found lawmakers have a human rights obligation to protect people from the effects of climate change. The court ruled that a German 2019 climate change law does not adequately regulate greenhouse gas emission reduction goals from 2030 onwards, and so violates the government’s obligation to protect the human rights of the young people who brought the case. Heatwaves, droughts, wildfires and other climate-related disasters have increased in Europe in recent years and…

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