OP-ED: Loss and Damage from Climate Change Must Not Become the “New Normal”

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OP-ED: Loss and Damage from Climate Change Must Not Become the “New Normal”

By Sam Bickersteth

Article: OP-ED:Loss and Damage from Climate Change Must Not Become the "New Normal"

"DOHA, Qatar, Nov 30 2012 (IPS) - As United Nations climate talks get underway this week in Doha, Qatar, they show a subtle, unsettling shift in the global climate change debate.

Just four or five years ago, the debate was sharply focused on how much we should cut greenhouse gas emissions to avoid dangerous climate change, and how society could adapt to modest climate change impacts. Now, the most vulnerable countries are discussing how they will cope when climate change causes unavoidable losses of crops and fisheries, infrastructure and homes – and human lives.

The shorthand for this new and growing debate is “Loss and Damage” from climate change. Once unimaginable, Loss and Damage describes the human cost incurred when our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change fail. ..."

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