Island states that claim they are being threatened by “climate change” are considering taking the matter to the International Court of Justice:
The International Court of Justice should take action against states unwilling to combat the causes of climate change, according to the President of the Pacific island of Palau.
President Johnson Toribiong was speaking [link to UN document] at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, after meeting the Prime Minister of Grenada to discuss his proposals.
The Palau President wants the International Court of Justice to force states to take action to cut their carbon emissions – a plan he first announced to the General Assembly in September 2011.
“While we continue to negotiate, we should renew our faith in a system of law that has guided States’ actions in the past and gives them legitimacy today,” he said.
“The rule of law must reflect the interests of the entire international community – for us, it’s about survival.”
The proposal would see the International Court of Justice provide an advisory opinion on damages from climate change, a move the President insists would complement the UNFCCC’s efforts to build a binding treaty through negotiation.
Palau’s Permanent Representative to the UN Stuart Beck says roads are unusable and staple crops have been threatened in Palau and other Pacific nations because of the rising sea waters. (source)
An opportunity to get the climate alarmists’ case before a court to be cross-examined in a judicial environment sounds too good to miss. The claimants will have to prove an extremely long chain of causation, namely that the rising sea levels are a result of rising temperatures, which are themselves a result of increased CO2 emissions, which are a result of man’s burning of fossil fuels.
They will also hope they can explain away all the confounding factors – natural climate change, solar variation, sinking landmasses – that might break that chain.
Some states, like the Maldives, will need to explain why they are building new airports whilst at the same time claiming compensation for sinking islands…
Good luck with that. Although with the UN on their side, justice will no doubt disappear out of the window…