Addressing Loss and Damage from Climate Change Impacts

Economic & Political Weekly, 25 July 2015

The 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to be held in Paris from 30 November 2015 to 11 December 2015, will need to resolve several long-standing issues pertaining to climate-induced loss and damage. This article lists the key issues relating to loss and damage. It then evaluates the potential for and limits of legal claims relating to loss and damage in general international law so as to contextualise their treatment in the climate negotiations.