Germany wants climate losses issue on agenda at UN talks

AP , Saturday 8 Oct 2022

Germany wants the question of loss and damage due to global warming to be discussed at this year's United Nations climate talks, Germany's foreign minister said Friday.

The lignite-fired power station
This picture taken on October 5, 2022 shows the lignite-fired power station operated by German energy giant RWE in Neurath, western Germany. AFP


Vulnerable countries have long demanded that big polluters be held accountable for the effects that their greenhouse gas emissions are having around the world, including the tangible destruction caused by extreme weather and sea level rise resulting from rising global temperatures.

But rich nations that account for the majority of planet-warming emissions since the start of the industrial era have largely opposed efforts to formally debate the `loss and damage' issue for fear they might have to pay climate reparations.

Last year's U.N. climate talks in Glasgow failed to reach agreement on establishing a special fund for loss and damage.

Speaking after a meeting with her counterpart from Pakistan, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said the recent devastating floods in the South Asian nation had shown ``what dramatic consequences the climate crisis is having in all regions.''

``As one of the hardest-hit countries worldwide, Pakistan is paying a high price for global CO2 emissions,'' Baerbock, a member of the environmentalist Greens party, told reporters in Berlin.

``That's why Germany will work toward a fair sharing of the costs at the COP27 in Egypt, putting the question of climate adaptation, but in particular also the question of loss and damage, on the agenda,'' she said, referring to the U.N. climate talks next month in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

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