‘Historic’ German ruling says climate goals not tough enough

A court case brought by a group of young environmental activists has succeeded in forcing the German government to step up its efforts to combat climate change. Judges in the country’s highest court ordered the government to strengthen legislation before the end of the year, to protect future generations — and the government has agreed. This comes two years after another major victory in the Netherlands. In the UK, success in the courts has been more limited. A case won initially by Plan B in February 2020 to prevent the constuction of a third runway at Heathrow, was overturned in January this year by the Supreme Court, for what seem like legal technicalities — see the report by Plan B and the detailed legal analysis by the international law firm White and Case.

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