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Who pays? : global justice and the costs of climate change

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Abstract: Extreme weather events, partly caused by climate change, are already wreaking havoc, especially in the South. Both floods and droughts are expected to become more frequent and more severe. But who will pay for the measures needed to respond to the impacts of climate change? The costs of responding to climate change fall into two categories: compensation for the damage due to the impacts of climate change and financing adaptation measures. Both are expected to rise in the coming years. The initial contours of a just international division of the costs of dealing with climate change are beginning to emerge. As yet, there is no cohesive infrastructure for distributing these costs. A just division of the costs of climate change is complex because it is impossible to determine who or what is responsible, and to what degree. Increasingly, researchers are emphasizing that it is better to prevent damage in advance than to try to divide up the costs after it has occurred.
Authors: Bergsma, E.
Category: Policy
End Page: 10
Serial number: 5
ISSN: 1874-2033
Journal: The Broker
Keywords: climate change , disasters and emergencies , development policy
Language: eng
Organization: The Broker
Year: 2007
Right: © 2007 IDP. This article has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported license.
Subject: Environment and Natural Resources
Start Page: 7
Title: Who pays? : global justice and the costs of climate change