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Air as a ‘public trust’

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By Optic Editorial Board

Desperate times call for desperate measures. That could well be the battle cry for a group of litigants who are targeting states with a legal effort to force government intervention on climate change.

Last week, The Associated Press reported on an effort being mounted to get earth’s atmosphere declared a “public trust” and therefore deserving of special protections. It’s an approach that helped clean up polluted rivers and coastlines in times past, and its proponents think it might just work in this case, too.


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