|President Johnson Toribiong|
of Palau on a coast in Palau
This could prove to be a precedent setter, because this may be world’s first international climate change case if it is taken to court.
Palau's President Johnson Toribiong is asking the ICJ if the “no harm rule” is applicable in the case that their island is sinking due to climate change. The no harm rule is a customary international law that states that state governments have an obligation to prevent harm to other countries, or control the risk there of. In this case environmental harm, namely that the governments of other industrialized countries are allowing corporations to release emissions into the atmosphere (or failing to control such emission). These emissions are contributing to climate change and global warming, melting the ice caps, raising the sea-level, and thus shrinking the livable space on the island, and thus causing harm to the citizens of the island of Palau.
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