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Paying the piper

By Charelle Evelyn      

Islands are being swallowed by rising sea levels; unprecedented droughts are cracking open the earth; wildfires are wreaking more havoc, more often. Debate is heating up over who should be financially and legally responsible when climate change causes irreparable loss and damage.

The Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage is supposed to facilitate and disseminate research and best practices by different bodies under the UNFCCC in support of developing countries that are the most vulnerable to climate change. Photograph courtesy of Jules Bosco, USAID
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When Saleemul Huq gets into a room with negotiators to hash out climate change agreements, he prefers not to mince words in making his point about compensating developing countries for loss and damage. “If you thought 9/11 in New York was bad you ain’t seen nothing yet, because this is the most atrocious injustice that has been done by the rich on the poor and the people who die will have relatives and friends and people that will

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