Eight children asked a Seattle judge to find Washington state in contempt for failing to adequately protect them from the harmful effects of climate change, part of a nationwide effort by young people to try to force action on global warming.
Really?  The children asked...?   What crap.  The suit was obviously conceived, financed and filed by adult Leftists--but writing that story wouldn't grab nearly as much attention.
The petitioners, between 12 and 16 years old, asked a state judge to step in and require the state Department of Ecology to come up with science-based numeric emissions reductions.
Science-based, y'say?  Hmmm...I'm thinking they actually don't wanna do real science on this.  I mean, the Left has done everything possible to avoid an open, scientific debate on this.  Gee, wonder why?  They simply assert that "the science is settled" and that "98 percent of all scientists agree..."

The only people who believe either claim are Leftists.  Which means all "reporters" for the MSM.
The case is part of a nationwide effort led by the Oregon-based nonprofit Our Children's Trust to force states and the federal government to take action on climate change.
A federal judge in [socialist-run] Eugene, Oregon, allowed a similar climate change case against President Obama's administration to proceed.  In that lawsuit 21 activists ages 9 to 20 argue that the federal government's actions violate their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, and the government has violated its obligation to hold certain natural resources in trust for future generations.

Aji Piper, 16, of Seattle is a plaintiff in both the federal and Seattle cases. He said he and others are fighting for their right to live in a world that is healthy, safe and sustainable.
What a coincidence, that this kid is a plaintiff in both the Oregon and Seattle cases!  Wow, what were the odds of that?
"The most concerning thing to me is that our planet will be destroyed and I would have done nothing about it," he said outside court. "We're bringing this case because we need to have a stronger voice and right now that's through the legal system."

Piper and seven others in Seattle brought their petition in 2014 asking the court to force state officials to adopt new rules to limit carbon emissions based on the best available science.
"[The department of] Ecology has the legal authority and responsibility to remedy the ongoing legal violations of these young people's fundamental rights," Andrea Rodgers, the children's attorney, told the judge Tuesday.

In November, Hill denied their appeal but affirmed some of the children's arguments, saying the state has an obligation to protect natural resources for future generations. At the time, the judge noted that the Department of Ecology was already working on meeting that obligation by writing new rules for greenhouse gas emissions ordered by the governor.

The Seattle children contend...
No, they don't.  Obviously all contentions are being asserted by the adults, but using children as the cat's paw gets a lot more support for both the story and the lawsuit.
...the clean air rule the state adopted in September — which caps emissions from the state's largest carbon polluters — doesn't do enough to protect young people, and that the state is violating prior court orders by not doing more.
Ah yes, not doing enough to protect young people.  Of course this entire approach is orchestrated by the Leftists who believe low-cost electricity and gasoline are just f'n AWFUL! and that we need to get sympathetic judges to compel the Dept of Ecology to issue ever-more-draconian regs to punish everyone who emits the dread CO2.

In case you didn't know, that would be you, citizen.   
The case is not about the clean air rule, [plaintiffs' attorney] Rodgers said, but about whether the state has fulfilled its constitutional and statutory duties to protect the fundamental rights of young people from the perils of climate change.

"This is the world I'm going to have to grow up in," said Gabe Mandell, 14.  "Ecology has a mandate to protect our future and they're not doing it. They're not doing their job and they're not doing what the judge ordered."
And of course as far as this AP writer is concerned, 14-year-olds are a great authority on the nuances of legal arguments on the environment.