Title: Re-conceptualising climate change-driven 'loss and damage'

Authors: Daniel Puig

Addresses: Department of Technology, Management and Economics, Technical University of Denmark, Marmorvej 51, 2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark

Abstract: This article reviews loss-and-damage scholarship, to explore the potential impact of separating 'loss' and 'damage', both in the context of research and policy. A key result presented in the article is that treating 'loss' and 'damage' separately would be most beneficial with regard to loss, in that the political hurdles that currently mar the loss-and-damage debate mainly derive from disagreement over financing responsibilities with regard to damages, which unduly slows progress on the urgent task of understanding how to manage loss. In this context, the article provides elements for separate definitions of 'loss' and 'damage', and suggests a possible categorisation of loss-and-damage scholarship.

Keywords: residual climate-change impacts; limits to climate-change adaptation; loss; damage; UNFCCC; Warsaw International Mechanism; soft adaptation limits; hard adaptation limits; climate justice; climate finance; Paris Agreement.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGW.2022.123282

International Journal of Global Warming, 2022 Vol.27 No.2, pp.202 - 212

Received: 10 May 2021
Accepted: 20 Nov 2021

Published online: 07 Jun 2022 *

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