The Dutch Climate Case: Beginning of a New Era of Climate Litigation?

The Dutch Climate Case: Beginning of a New Era of Climate Litigation?

In an worldwide first, the Hague District Court has ordered the Dutch government to cut its greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by at least 25% compared to 1990 levels by the end of 2020. The decision, an English translation of which can be found here, has been widely reported and discussed (including in an interview on CBC Radio’s The Current with Dianne). It has rekindled hopes around the world that courts can spur governments into taking serious steps to deal with climate change. Could a  

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Zoning our air shed: a new pathway to cleaner air?

Zoning our air shed: a new pathway to cleaner air?

On any given day, Ontarians can look up the Air Quality Health Index  and find out what health risks they face just by breathing. When Ontario closed its coal fire plants, it made a huge difference to the quality of air and had a significant impact on reducing Greenhouse gas emissions as well. But there is more to be done.  

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