German Supreme Court says Climate Law is unconstitutional

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Germany’s Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that the country’s 2019 climate protection act is in part unconstitutional.

It added that the law does not explain in enough detail how greenhouse gas emissions are to be reduced after 2031.

The judges gave the legislature until the end of next year to draw up clearer reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions for the period after 2030.

The complaint was filed by a group of nine mostly young people.

They are supported by several environmental associations, including Friends of the Earth Germany and Fridays for Future.

They have criticized the law, saying it does not go far enough to sufficiently reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit climate change.

They argue that because the law will not limit climate change, it violates their fundamental right to a humane future.

The court has now obligated the legislature to find a balance between freedom for all and burdens faced by some.

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