Appeals court puts climate change lawsuit on hold

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A lawsuit by a group of young Americans against the U.S. government for being slow to address climate change is on hold again, after a federal appeals court granted the Trump administration's motion for a temporary stay.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in granting the temporary stay on Thursday, gave 15 days for the parties to respond to the administrations petition for a writ of mandamus - a rarely used judicial appeal that asks a higher court to overrule a lower one before the conclusion of a case.

The constitutional climate lawsuit was brought by 21 young Americans and is supported by Our Children's Trust. Trial was supposed to have begun in Eugene, Oregon, in late October.