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Judge sides with young activists in first-of-its-kind climate change trial in Montana

Legal decision establishes that government should protect citizens from climate change

Youth plaintiffs in the climate change lawsuit, Held v. Montana walk as they cheer and shake the hands of pedestrians.
Youth plaintiffs in the climate change lawsuit, Held v. Montana, arrive at the Lewis and Clark County Courthouse on June 20 in Helena, Mont. A Montana judge on Monday, Aug. 14, sided with young environmental activists who said state agencies were violating their constitutional right to a clean and healthful environment by permitting fossil fuel development without considering its effect on the climate. (Photo by Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)
By Amy Beth Hanson and Matthew Brown Associated Press
HELENA, Mont. — A Montana judge on Monday sided with young environmental activists who said state
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