Has Tropical Storm Sandy in the US raised a new level of international interest about the costs of loss and damage? Sure seems so....
From AOSIS' Malia Talakai: "International climate change negotiations have long been focused on mitigation and adaptation - that is, on reducing the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for the growing climate crisis and helping vulnerable communities adapt to its impacts.
But with no end to emissions in sight, and only scant progress made towards building resilience, negotiators have been forced to confront a troubling new reality: what happens when mitigation and adaption efforts fall short?"
From CDKN: "Loss and damage is now seen as a continuum, which encompasses extreme events as well as slow onset processes. While knowledge and activities on extreme events do exist, many gaps are evident on slow-onset challenges.
In face of low ambition at the negotiations on mitigation and financial support, the progress described on loss and damage has been a heartening element in an otherwise slow and dithering round of negotiations.
We can only hope that future developments continue to progress at an equal pace, in order to fulfil the promise of addressing many of the human, economic and environmental losses resulting from climate change."
Just two days until our live chat on loss and damage. Hoping you'll join us!
CDKN: "Loss and damage is not only a technical and political issue but also one of global climate justice. "
CDKN: "Loss and damage is now seen as a continuum, which encompasses extreme events as well as slow onset processes. While knowledge and activities on extreme events do exist, many gaps are evident on slow-onset challenges."
What do you think is the best way to address the losses and damage resulting from extreme weather and other climate impacts?
A question for the experts: Where have U.N. climate talks got to in addressing the issue of loss and damage, and what can we expect to see coming out of the upcoming Doha meeting?
And another question: Donors have been notably slow in investing money to reduce the risk of disasters (DRR). Is work on loss and damage an admission that DRR is a failure, and will rich governments be any more interested in setting up a system to pay for the clean-up?