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Sinking Small Island Nations: Calls for a Lifeboat

July 2017

Citation: 47 ELR 10576

Issue: 7

Author: Pratheek Maddhi Reddy

In the South Pacific, midway between Hawaii and Australia, lies the beautiful island nation of Tuvalu, home to about 10,000 people. In about 40 years, Tuvalu will be uninhabitable, and in 70 years, at best, it is likely to be underwater. Due to rising sea levels caused by global warming, other low-lying island nations such as Kiribati, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Micronesia, and Nauru are bound to suffer the same fate eventually. This raises pressing calls for remedies for sinking small island nations, in the forms of migration, compensation, and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. This Comment discusses what these remedies mean to the small island nations and their exigent nature, and proposes an alternative mechanism to litigation.

Pratheek Maddhi Reddy is a third-year student, B.B.A. LL.B, at Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University.

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