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Friederike Hartz (University of Cambridge)

Friederike Hartz is a PhD Candidate in Human Geography at the University of Cambridge, studying the IPCC and notions of responsibility. Friederike also works on loss and damage in the context of the international science-policy interface. As a research assistant, she supports the UCL-based ERC project “The Politics of Climate Change Loss and Damage” (CCLAD). Friederike has an interdisciplinary background in Political Science, International Relations and Environmental Sustainability Studies.

“Already at 1.1-degrees of warming, we are living in an era of unmanageable loss and damage. We on the frontlines are paying the price for decades of wholly insufficient action by those most responsible for the dangerous state of our climate.” (AOSIS’ opening statement at COP27) At the outset of the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) made clear what they wanted to get out of this gathering under the hot November sun of Sharm el-Sheikh. They would not leave Egypt without an acceptable agreement that would reflect their decades long struggle for financial support on loss and damage. And, against all odds, …