Accountability: Loss & damage, litigation, shareholder activism

Climate change impacts can cause severe loss and damage to people and the environment.  Loss and damage has been defined as the adverse  effects  of  climate  change  that  go  beyond  people’s capacity  to  cope  and  adapt.  These impacts  range  from  extreme  events such as weather-related natural  hazards,  to  slow-onset  events,  including  sea-level rise, rising temperatures, and land  and  forest  degradation.

Efforts to hold companies and governments accountable for these impacts include public petitions and calls for action, shareholder resolutions, and lawsuits.

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