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September 11, 2023

Sea law case could impact COP negotiations, says lawyer

St Lucia beach
St Lucia: Cosis wants the court to establish whether CO2 emissions absorbed by the ocean should be considered as pollution (Photo: MargJohnsonVA/Envato)

A group of small island states has lodged a request for a climate justice case in Hamburg to determine what legal obligations are on high-emitting countries to protect the marine environment under international law

Hearings have begun in Hamburg, Germany, in what could prove to be a landmark climate justice case as small island states, whose existence is threatened by rising seas resulting from a hotter world, take on high-emitting countries in the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

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