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A typology of loss and damage perspectives

Boyd, Emily LU ; James, Rachel A.; Jones, Richard G.; Young, Hannah R. and Otto, Friederike E L (2017) In Nature Climate Change 7(10). p.723-729
Abstract

Loss and Damage (L&D) has been the subject of contentious debate in international climate policy for several decades. Recently, formal mechanisms on L&D have been established, but arguably through unclear language. This ambiguity is politically important, but researchers and practitioners require clearer understandings of L&D. Here we report on the first in-depth empirical study of actor perspectives, including interviews with 38 key stakeholders in research, practice, and policy. We find points of agreement and also important distinctions in terms of: the relationship between L&D and adaptation, the emphasis on avoiding versus addressing L&D, the relevance of anthropogenic climate change, and the role of justice. A... (More)

Loss and Damage (L&D) has been the subject of contentious debate in international climate policy for several decades. Recently, formal mechanisms on L&D have been established, but arguably through unclear language. This ambiguity is politically important, but researchers and practitioners require clearer understandings of L&D. Here we report on the first in-depth empirical study of actor perspectives, including interviews with 38 key stakeholders in research, practice, and policy. We find points of agreement and also important distinctions in terms of: the relationship between L&D and adaptation, the emphasis on avoiding versus addressing L&D, the relevance of anthropogenic climate change, and the role of justice. A typology of four perspectives is identified, with different implications for research priorities and actions to address L&D. This typology enables improved understanding of existing perspectives and so has potential to facilitate more transparent discussion of the options available to address L&D.

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  abstract     = {<p>Loss and Damage (L&amp;D) has been the subject of contentious debate in international climate policy for several decades. Recently, formal mechanisms on L&amp;D have been established, but arguably through unclear language. This ambiguity is politically important, but researchers and practitioners require clearer understandings of L&amp;D. Here we report on the first in-depth empirical study of actor perspectives, including interviews with 38 key stakeholders in research, practice, and policy. We find points of agreement and also important distinctions in terms of: the relationship between L&amp;D and adaptation, the emphasis on avoiding versus addressing L&amp;D, the relevance of anthropogenic climate change, and the role of justice. A typology of four perspectives is identified, with different implications for research priorities and actions to address L&amp;D. This typology enables improved understanding of existing perspectives and so has potential to facilitate more transparent discussion of the options available to address L&amp;D.</p>},
  author       = {Boyd, Emily and James, Rachel A. and Jones, Richard G. and Young, Hannah R. and Otto, Friederike E L},
  issn         = {1758-678X},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {09},
  number       = {10},
  pages        = {723--729},
  publisher    = {Nature Research},
  series       = {Nature Climate Change},
  title        = {A typology of loss and damage perspectives},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nclimate3389},
  volume       = {7},
  year         = {2017},
}