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Climate Case Ireland: Failure to tackle emissions risks death, disease and flooding, court told

There is a “real national risk of death, disease and coastal flooding” if the government does not tackle the country’s rising emissions, the High Court has heard. On the second day of the landmark historic case against the state, the court heard claims it is breaching the human rights of its citizens over its inability to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change.

It was also claimed the government is breaching the constitutional right to life, bodily integrity and a healthy environment as set out in the European Convention on Human Rights.

In 2017, Friends of the Irish Environment obtained leave from the High Court for a judicial review of the Government’s approval of its National Mitigation Plan (NMP) on the basis that the decision was inconsistent with national, EU and international obligations.

It came after the government published its mitigation plan detailing its goal to achieve an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050 compared to 1990 levels.

The so-called Climate Case Ireland is calling for the state to be more ambitious in its plans to tackle climate change, and is asking the court “to quash and remit the inadequate” NMP and review its plans and policies.

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