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Environmental group loses court fight over government’s climate policies

ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners Plan B Earth lost their High Court bid today to challenge the lawfulness of government climate change policies.

The group argued that ministers had not taken “practical and effective” steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Mr Justice Bourne refused to give activists the go-ahead for a judicial review.

Plan B argued that climate change and human rights legislation had been breached, and claimed ministers had failed to take practical and effective measures to adapt and prepare for the current and projected impacts of climate change.

Activists wanted a declaration that ministers’ “failure” to take practical and effective measures to meet their climate change commitments under the Paris Agreement and the 2008 Climate Change Act breached the 1998 Human Rights Act.

Plan B said it planned to appeal.

Director Tim Crosland said: “If the courts are bound to ignore the scientific evidence of what is needed to safeguard life, then ‘the right to life’ is no more than an illusion in a political economy which privileges the safety of short-term corporate profit over the welfare of ordinary people.”

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