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Rich Nations Owe Reparations to Countries Facing Climate Disaster, Says Pakistan Minister

By Nina Lakhani and Shah Meer Baloch

04 Sep 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

A third of Pakistan is under floodwater. In this interview with the Guardian, climate minister Sherry Rehman insists this is no "natural disaster"—this crisis is man-made.

Rich polluting countries which are predominantly to blame for the “dystopian” climate breakdown have broken their promises to reduce emissions and help developing countries adapt to global heating, according to Pakistan’s minister for climate change, who said reparations were long overdue.

Close to 1,300 people are dead and a third of Pakistan is under floodwater after weeks of unprecedented monsoon rains battered the country – which only weeks earlier had been suffering serious drought.

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