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Coming full circle: the history of loss and damage under the UNFCCC

Coming full circle: the history of loss and damage under the UNFCCC This paper chronicles the history of the rise of loss and damage in negotiations under the United Nations Framework on Climate Change and the role of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in bringing about this paradigm shift. Over the past two decades, the global climate change regime has shifted from a focus primarily on mitigation, to both mitigation and adaptation and finally to the current era in which loss and damage has emerged as a key fixture on the agenda with the establishment of the Warsaw international mechanism on loss and damage at the 19th Conference of the Parties in November 2013. This shift can be attributed to the realisation that mitigation and adaptation efforts have been insufficient to avoid the impacts of climate change. Keywords: climate change; United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; UNFCCC; negotiations; mitigation; adaptation; loss and damage; climate science; Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; IPCC. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Roberts, E. and Huq, S. (2015) `: the history of loss and damage under the UNFCCC', Int. J. Global Warming, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp.141­157. Biographical notes: Erin Roberts is a PhD student in the Department of Geography http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Global Warming Inderscience Publishers

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Publisher
Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2015 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
ISSN
1758-2083
eISSN
1758-2091
DOI
10.1504/IJGW.2015.071964
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Abstract

This paper chronicles the history of the rise of loss and damage in negotiations under the United Nations Framework on Climate Change and the role of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in bringing about this paradigm shift. Over the past two decades, the global climate change regime has shifted from a focus primarily on mitigation, to both mitigation and adaptation and finally to the current era in which loss and damage has emerged as a key fixture on the agenda with the establishment of the Warsaw international mechanism on loss and damage at the 19th Conference of the Parties in November 2013. This shift can be attributed to the realisation that mitigation and adaptation efforts have been insufficient to avoid the impacts of climate change. Keywords: climate change; United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; UNFCCC; negotiations; mitigation; adaptation; loss and damage; climate science; Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; IPCC. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Roberts, E. and Huq, S. (2015) `: the history of loss and damage under the UNFCCC', Int. J. Global Warming, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp.141­157. Biographical notes: Erin Roberts is a PhD student in the Department of Geography

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International Journal of Global WarmingInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2015

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