Climate reparations top UN summit agenda

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Who should pay for the damage when climate change harms the world’s poorest countries?

That controversial issue – laden with questions of ethics, fairness and history – tops the agenda next week as world leaders meet in Egypt for the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference.

A glance at the maps in Bethany Tietjen’s article shows the challenge: The countries contributing the least to climate change are often the most vulnerable to climate-related disasters, while the biggest greenhouse gas emitters are some of the world’s wealthiest.

Tietjen, a climate policy research fellow at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, explains some of the solutions being floated and why the idea of paying reparations for climate damage is especially contentious for certain countries.

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Extreme flooding in Pakistan in 2022 affected 33 million people. Akram Shahid/AFP via Getty Images

Loss and damage: Who is responsible when climate change harms the world’s poorest countries, and what does compensation look like?

Bethany Tietjen, Tufts University

That’s the big question at the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference, known as COP27, and it’s controversial.

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