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‘Climate kids’ suit against government allowed to proceed

July 20, 2018

FILE - In this July 18, 2018, file photo, lawyers and youth plaintiffs lineup behind a banner after a hearing before Federal District Court Judge Ann Aiken between lawyers for the Trump Administration and the so called Climate Kids in Federal Court in Eugene, Ore. The lawsuit filed by young activists who say the government is failing to protect them from climate change is still alive. In San Francisco on Friday, July 20, 2018, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the government's second request for an order directing a lower court to dismiss the case. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by young activists who say the government is failing to protect them from climate change is still alive.

In San Francisco on Friday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the government’s second request for an order directing a lower court to dismiss the case.

The lawsuit brought by 21 children and young adults asserts the government has long known that carbon pollution causes climate change but has failed to curb greenhouse gas emissions. They are seeking various environmental remedies.

The judges said the government’s first request failed to meet the high bar for having the case dismissed at this stage.

A trial is set to begin Oct. 29 in Eugene, Oregon.

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