Climate Suits Making Headway With Ancient Legal Tool

Law360, New York (October 24, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT) -- Young plaintiffs seeking government protections from air pollutants such as greenhouse gases under the public trust doctrine are wielding a novel legal strategy centered on an ancient common law concept, making recent progress where other court challenges have stalled.

Claiming that the atmosphere is a public trust asset and that state and federal officials must preserve clean air for future generations, student activists have filed more than a dozen suits around the country demanding the air receive the same protections historically given to navigable waters....
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