While negotiations on a global deal to curb greenhouse gas emissions continue in slow motion, the pace of climatic change gains momentum. Higher than ever atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations increase the likelyhood and frequency of extreme weather events, as well as the probability of slow onset changes (Walsh, 2013). These events can have adverse effects for, and impose associated damages on, countries, communities, and individuals, due to the uncertainty and volatility associated with the rising pace of climate change. In the future, impacts from combinations of extreme weather and slow onset events are expected to induce even more severe damages...The purpose of this chapter is to explore the legal understanding of climate change damages in public international law.
Read more in Cinnamon Carlarne, Kevin Grey and Richard Tarasofsky (eds.) "Oxford Handbook of International Climate Change Law" (Oxford: Oxford University Press)