European Court rejects two of three cases that seek to force countries to meet climate goals

Strasbourg, France — The highest European court of human rights concluded on Tuesday that its member states have an obligation to protect their citizens from the harmful effects of climate change, although dismissed the prominent lawsuit by six young Portuguese people that sought to force countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

He European Court of Human Rights upheld more than 2,000 members of KlimaSeniorinnensan organization of older Swiss women, who also called for similar measures, in a disparate decision that also rejected the initiative of a French mayor calling for stronger government efforts against climate change.

The lawyers in all three cases wanted the Strasbourg court to conclude that national governments have a legal duty to ensure that global warming remains at 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial timesin line with the objectives of the Paris climate agreement.