Starjournal Quotation Mechler, Reinhard, Schinko, Thomas. 2016. Identifying the policy space for climate loss and damage. Science 354 (3610), 290-292.




Currently planned greenhouse gas mitigation efforts would not prevent climate warming from going beyond 2°C as aspired to in the 2015 Paris Agreement (1), adding to climate-related impacts already under way (2). Although climate adaptation has been strengthened in the Paris Agreement, climate-related risks may exceed adaptation possibilities of communities and countries. To this effect, an important decision in the Paris Agreement was the endorsement of the Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) for Loss and Damage (L&D) (3). This established L&D as a distinct pillar of climate negotiations, yet with an unclearly defined remit. With a policy framework yet to emerge, the 22nd Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) in November in Marrakesh will review the structure, mandate, and effectiveness of the WIM, first institutionalized in 2013. Risk science can provide a rationale and delineate a policy space for L&D, composed of curative measures for unavoided and unavoidable impacts, and transformative measures for avoiding and managing increasingly intolerable risks.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Science
Citation Index SCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A+
Starjournal Y
Language English
Title Identifying the policy space for climate loss and damage
Volume 354
Number 3610
Year 2016
Page from 290
Page to 292
Reviewed? Y


Mechler, Reinhard (Former researcher)
Schinko, Thomas (IIASA, Austria)
Institute for Ecological Economics IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1608 Global warming (Details)
2928 Environmental economics (Details)
5300 Economics (Details)
5353 Environmental economics (Details)
5368 Sustainable development, sustainable economics (Details)
5924 Environmental economics (Details)
5943 Risk research (Details)
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