The United States and other developed nations, being top emissions-producers, may be given the bill for climate change effects on poorer nations. At the upcoming UN Conference, punitive reparations by environmental groups will be on the agenda. Loss and damage claims. Climate refugee costs.

1. Poor nations deal with storm disasters

2. USA responsible for weather damages?

Poorer nations suffering from extreme weather disasters, so much so that their citizens are seeking refuge in safer terrains outside their borders, want rich nations like the United States to pay for reparations and to relocate populations.

Poorer nations blame extreme weather-related disasters on climate change stemming from emission-polluting countries that have more developed and wealthier economies.

Meanwhile, environmental groups are lobbying to make reparations even more punitive and require polluting companies in the private sector to step up and also pay for extreme weather-related damages.

The $100 billion-a-year-commitment by 2020 seems like a lot of money, but increasingly it isn’t looking like enough funding. With extreme weather events on the rise, so too will be the costs of cleanup and the tolls on people’s lives. via USAToday

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