Youth climate trial showcases science


Government won’t dispute climate change, but will cast doubt on claimed harms.

Next week, barring a last-minute intervention by the Supreme Court, climate change will go to trial for just the second time in U.S. history. In a federal courtroom in Eugene, Oregon, 21 young people are scheduled to face off against the U.S. government, which they accuse of endangering their future by promoting policies that have increased emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other planet warming gases. The plaintiffs aren’t asking for monetary damages. Instead, they want District Judge Ann Aiken to take the unprecedented step of ordering federal agencies to dramatically reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.

Read the full story in Science, and listen to me explain the case on Science’s Podcast.

[UPDATE: The trial is on hold pending a decision from the Supreme Court]

Youth call for climate action at the 2017 March for Science in Washington, D.C. (Credit: Lorie Shaull via Wikimedia Commons)