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Emily Boyd

Emily Boyd

Professor, Director, Docent

Emily Boyd

A typology of loss and damage perspectives

Author

  • Emily Boyd
  • Rachel A. James
  • Richard G. Jones
  • Hannah R. Young
  • Friederike E L Otto

Summary, in English

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.

Department/s

  • LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

Publishing year

2017-09-29

Language

English

Pages

723-729

Publication/Series

Nature Climate Change

Volume

7

Issue

10

Document type

Journal article review

Publisher

Nature Research

Topic

  • Climate Research

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1758-678X