Human-produced greenhouse gas emissions absorbed by the world’s oceans are considered marine pollution, says the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. The United Nations maritime law court said nations must monitor and reduce emissions and that goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions must be objectively set and based on relevant international standards and rules, as well as the best available science. “What happened today was that the law and science met together in this tribunal, and both won,” said Cheryl Bazard, European Union of the Bahamas ambassador. COSIS — a group of nine small island nations in the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean threatened by sea-level rise — requested the opinion, which should provide precedent for future cases.

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