Saleemul Huq: loss and damage is integral to UN climate talks

Saleemul Huq, Senior Fellow, Climate Change Group, International Institute for Environment and Development

The success or failure of the Doha round of climate talks hinged on a proposal that states are compensated for damage caused by climate change.

It seemed fairly straightforward, but is in fact was fiendishly complex, as it potentially involves industrialised nations forking out huge sums of money to give to nations suffering from climate-induced typhoons, hurricanes or rising sea levels.

Saleemul Huq from the IIED explained the background to this set of discussions