‘Climate kids’ get green light — The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has given the green light to a lawsuit filed by young activists who say the federal government is failing to protect them from climate change. A three-judge panel on Wednesday rejected the government’s request for an order directing a district court to dismiss the case. A federal judge in Oregon previously denied a motion to throw it out. The lawsuit brought by 21 children and young adults asserts the government has known for decades that carbon pollution causes climate change but has failed to curb greenhouse gas emissions. They seek various environmental remedies.
Falling crows were poisoned — Lab tests confirm that poison killed the crows seen falling from the Portland sky in late January. Witnesses also saw crows suffering seizures on the ground, and the Oregon State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife say it was because of a neurotoxin known as Avitrol, which is marketed as a bird-control solution. The Audubon Society of Portland first reported the lab findings. The group said the pesticide is highly toxic and should only be administered by a licensed applicator. It describes the poisonings as irresponsible and probably illegal. It’s unknown how many birds died, but it was at least 10.