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There’s no planet B: Mitigation, adaptation, and loss and damage

A retreating glacier at Smithers, BC, Canada

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BFM tackles the three pillars of international climate change law: mitigation, adaptation, and loss and damage.

The Paris Agreement discusses loss and damage using the phrase “averting, minimising and addressing loss and damage”. Loss and damage can be averted by curbing greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation) and minimised by taking pre-emptive action to protect communities from the consequences of climate change (adaptation).

Pakistan – a country responsible for less than 1% of global emissions – is now facing US$10bn in damage after devastating floods hit the country, highlighting something climate campaigners have warned for years: the global south is being disproportionately affected by climate change.

Do we have a comprehensive understanding of mechanisms to directly address loss and damage once a climate catastrophe hits? Why is loss and damage in particular, such a contentious issue in climate talks?

BFM discusses this and more with Meenakshi Raman, the president of Sahabat Alam Malaysia and head of programmes at the Third World Network.

Produced and presented by: Juliet Jacobs

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AGENDA RAKYAT - Lima perkara utama
  1. Tegakkan maruah serta kualiti kehidupan rakyat
  2. Galakkan pembangunan saksama, lestari serta tangani krisis alam sekitar
  3. Raikan kerencaman dan keterangkuman
  4. Selamatkan demokrasi dan angkatkan keluhuran undang-undang
  5. Lawan rasuah dan kronisme
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