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The Rich World Must Act with Solidarity on Loss and Damage

In addition to doing more to reduce emissions and scale up financing for investments in climate-change mitigation and adaptation, advanced economies also must help cover the costs of what their own past industrialization has wrought. Only then will they be showing the kind of solidarity that the climate crisis demands.

EDINBURGH – While we usually welcome warmer weather in our typically dreich (damp, grey) corner of the North Atlantic, this summer brought Scotland a taste of the devastation that comes with a changing climate. Temperatures hit 34.8° Celsius (95°F) in Charterhall, in the Scottish Borders, and rose to an unprecedented 40°C elsewhere in the United Kingdom.