A Court in Australia Has Ruled that the Environment-Minister is Responsible to Protect the Environment from Carbon Dioxide Emissions
When it comes to judgments on projects that would emit greenhouse gases, the Australian Federal Court decided Thursday that the environment minister owes a duty of care to those under the age of 18. (GHG). Eight students and a nun launched the lawsuit to block a coal mine development in New South Wales.
The kids asked for a court order to put a halt to the endeavour. The court had previously denied the injunction, but in its most recent ruling on the case, the court determined that the minister has a duty to take reasonable precautions to avoid causing personal injury or death to persons under the age of 18 because of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere.
To this note, the environment minister indicated that the government would appeal the verdict, claiming that there were reasons for doing so. Finally, the court's decision might have ramifications across a wide range of sectors, as the duty of care relates to carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere, and therefore could apply to any project with large CO2 emissions.