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Climate history made as European Court of Human Rights backs Swiss women in climate change case'

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🗞️ Driving the news: The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has made a groundbreaking ruling in favor of the KlimaSeniorinnen, an association of elderly Swiss women, affirming that climate change infringes upon the right to respect for one's private and family life, marking a precedent in climate litigation

🔭 The context: The KlimaSeniorinnen argued that Switzerland's inadequate action on climate change endangers their health and violates the European Convention on Human Rights
• Unlike two other climate cases that were dismissed, the Court recognized their claims, ruling that Switzerland failed to protect them from the adverse effects of climate change

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This historic decision underscores the role of human rights law in addressing climate change, setting a precedent for future cases 
• It highlights the legal obligations of states to protect citizens from climate impacts and could motivate more stringent climate actions across Europe and potentially globally

⏭️ What's next: The ruling may influence other pending climate litigation cases in Europe, pushing countries to adopt more ambitious climate policies 
• It emphasizes the need for states to establish effective regulatory frameworks to mitigate climate change, aligning with global efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C as per the Paris Agreement

💬 One quote: “This ruling in the Klimaseniorinnen case will have implications way beyond Switzerland!” - Sébastien Duyck, Senior Attorney at the Center for International Environmental Law.

📈 One stat: The case was brought by the KlimaSeniorinnen, representing 2,500 Swiss women with an average age of 73, showcasing the unique vulnerability of elderly populations to climate change impacts.

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