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For island countries, climate change and global warming are not hypothetical threats. In his remarks, Professor Douglas Kysar illustrated the immediate need to reframe climate change politics by describing the impending extinction of Palau, a small nation made up of some three hundred islands in the Pacific Ocean. Rising ocean levels threaten Palau’s lands and have forced its government to consider how to adapt to or counteract the effects of climate change.


Summary of remarks presented by Douglas Kysar. The summary was prepared by the Executive Board of the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review and approved by Professor Kysar.