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The Law of Drowning Nations

Sea levels are inching up year by year, and by various projections could be two to six feet higher by 2100—enough to make some small, low-lying island nations uninhabitable, or simply to wipe them off the map. What rights will citizens have to live elsewhere; in fact, will these entities actually still be nations, with valid passports, seats in the United Nations, territorial fishing rights, and other proofs of existence? These and other troubling questions are explored in a new book, Threatened Island Nations: Legal Implications of Rising Seas and a Changing Climate.

by |March 20, 2013

Rising Seas Pushing Island Nations to the Brink

Rising sea levels caused by global warming could displace millions of people worldwide who are living on low-lying coastlines, and it may prove fatal to some small island nations. At a conference at Columbia Law School, legal experts explored the implications for the people whose homelands could become uninhabitable within a matter of decades.

by |May 23, 2011