Law, all capitals law, finds its way into every problem society faces. The March 2012 issue of the  ABA Journal contains an article on a tragic example. The article, “Washed Away: As Seal Levels Rise, Island Nations Look to the Law To Help Fend Off Extinction,” describes the fate of island nations like the Marshall Islands which may become unations because of rising seal levels caused by climate change. [One amusing characteristic of the law is that it has a definition for everything, and yes, there is a definition of the concept of nation.] Island nations are considering remedies against polluter nations but as the article notes, proving the cause and enforcing any remedy are big stumbling blocks. Law serves as a mechanism of pronouncing moral statements but as a way of making anybody do anything?

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