Madeleine Cuff in New Scientist:
It has been more than two decades since the issue of “loss and damage” was first raised at a UN climate summit.
Since then, talk has come cheap. Finding a way to force high-income countries to produce some cash to help vulnerable countries manage the impacts of climate change has proved much, much more difficult.
But at this year’s COP27 summit in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, everything is different. For the first time, loss and damage is at the heart of the conference agenda.
“This is an issue whose time has now come,” the UN’s climate chief, Simon Stiell, told the media at the summit on 10 November.