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Small island developing states are seeking a legal ‘advisory opinion’ from an international tribunal on whether climate change falls under the international law of the sea.
There is no safe limit to global warming – there is only what people deem to be acceptable damage.
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Thanks to Vanuatu, a vote at the next UN General Assembly could open the floodgates to international climate litigation.
Extreme flooding in Pakistan in 2022 affected 33 million people.
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That’s the big question at the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference, known as COP27, and it’s controversial.
Debt swaps in some countries have involved commitments to protect the ocean.
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Many small island nations are struggling to protect their land from rising seas while also facing paralyzing debt.
John Kerry, the U.S. presidential special envoy for climate, surrounded by other negotiators during COP26.
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The Marshall Islands and other small island nations are urgently threatened by rising seas.
Climate change is a true existential threat for small island nations, but the US has done little to help the Marshall Islands, which it administered for decades.
Oceans are teeming with life and are connected to society through history and culture, shipping and economic activity, geopolitics and recreation.
International law does not meaningfully address biodiversity conservation in the high seas. We risk losing marine species before we have a chance to identify and understand them.
COP 22 President Salaheddine Mezouar from Morocco, right, hands over a gavel to Fiji’s prime minister and president of COP 23 Frank Bainimarama, left, during the opening of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017.
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Although climate change threatens the world’s small island nations, many can find ways to adapt and preserve their homes and cultures – especially if wealthy countries cut emissions and provide support.
The remains of one of six partially eroded islands in the nation of Solomon Islands.
Due to rising sea levels, low-lying island nations are in immediate danger. If drastic measures are taken, this disastrous trend can be transformed into an opportunity for sustainable development.
There are a number of ways the global community can protect the oceans.
The UN Ocean Conference provides a golden opportunity for countries to present their aspirations for sustainably growing their ‘blue’ economies.