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Climate Cast: Government faces lawsuit over effects of greenhouse gases

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A group of 21 young people are suing the federal government for failing to protect them from the harmful effects of greenhouse gas emissions. 

Last week they won their first victory of sorts when a U.S. district judge in Oregon denied the government's attempt to dismiss the lawsuit. 

The plaintiffs, who range in age from 9 to 20, contend that the government has known for decades that carbon pollution causes climate change but has failed to take action. 

MPR News host Kerri Miller and MPR Chief Meteorologist Paul Huttner spoke with a 19-year-old participant in the lawsuit and the plaintiffs' lead attorney.

 To hear the entire conversation select the audio link above. 


• Julia Olson, executive director and chief legal council for "Our Children's Trust" 

• Jacob Lebel, 19-year-old plaintiff