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Killing a planet is a criminal act


White, R, Killing a planet is a criminal act, The Mercury, News Corp Australia, Hobart, 6 March (2019) [Newspaper Article]


It's been very hot in Tasmania this summer. Hot and fiery. Our famous clean air, on arrival from its uninterrupted Southern Ocean journey, has been polluted by smoke.

The northern hemisphere is experiencing colder winters than in generations, and greater dumps of snow. It has been cold. Polar cold.

The climate is changing and unusual weather events are proliferating worldwide. This is climate disruption, one of the key outcomes of global warming and changes in climatic conditions. Climate disruption like this is human-generated. It is caused by humans, and its effects have been predicted by humans for decades. The harm is and always has been preventable.

Environmental harm from climate disruption can be seen through the criminological lens of ecocide the systematic destruction and degradation of environments at the planetary level. Ecocide is the most significant crime of the 21st century. Crime involves several key elements. It involves actus rea, which refers to particular acts or omissions.

Item Details

Item Type:Newspaper Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Climate change impacts and adaptation
Research Field:Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:White, R (Professor Rob White)
ID Code:131187
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-03-06
Last Modified:2019-03-06

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