(AXIOS) – The small Pacific island country of Vanuatu is poised to gain U.N. approval to seek an unprecedented legal opinion on what obligation countries have to combat climate change.
Why it matters: Vanuatu's resolution would give the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague a chance to weigh in on potential consequences for nations that have caused much of global warming to date.
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The push started in a law school classroom in Fiji four years ago, according to Cynthia Houniuhi, president of Pacific Islands Students Fighting Climate Change.
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