A small but growing number of rich nations have committed funding to compensate developing nations for the losses and damages they have suffered because of the impacts of climate change. The issue of “loss and damage” is officially on the COP agenda for the first time this year. Scotland which hosted COP26, committed $2.2 million last year and Denmark and the Belgian region of Wallonia pledged funds in the run-up to COP27. The new rolling commitments illustrate the rising profile of the issue: Austria announced Tuesday it will provide €50 million, New Zealand said it would allocate $12 million, and Belgium committed €2.5 million. German chancellor Olaf Scholz said Tuesday Germany would contribute €170 million to “support those countries hit hardest by climate change in a targeted way in dealing with loss and damage.” (New York Times $, Reuters, Factbox; Austria: Reuters; New Zeland: Reuters; Belgium: Reuters; Germany: Euractiv)