Palau Asks International Court to Weigh Whether Polluting Nations Have Obligation to Curb Emissions

The low-lying Pacific island nation of Palau is trying an interesting, if long shot, way of ensuring its survival by forcing high-emitting nations to rein in their climate impact. New York Times reports, Palau asked the International Court of Justice to issue an opinion on whether "nations have a responsibility to ensure that their emissions do not have a negative impact on other states."

Although it "would not have automatic or direct effect," an opinion -- if it came out the way Palau wanted -- would make it clear that developed countries "have a legal obligation to increase their mitigation measures," he added. Attorney Matt Pawa, who has represented plaintiffs in climate cases, said an opinion could act as a "building block" for establishing legal principles.

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