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?
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Produced and presented by: Juliet Jacobs