Europe's top human rights court has ruled that the Swiss government violated the human rights of its citizens by failing to do enough to combat climate change. The European Court of Human Rights ruled in favor of 2,000 Swiss women aged over 64, known as KlimaSeniorinnen, who said their government's climate inaction put them at risk of dying during heatwaves as their age and gender made them particularly vulnerable. The court said the Swiss government had failed to comply with its own targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and had failed to set a national carbon budget. The verdict, which cannot be appealed, establishes a binding legal precedent for all 46 countries that are signatories to the European Convention on Human Rights.

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