Crimes Against Nature: Environmental Criminology and by Rob White

By Rob White

Crimes opposed to Nature offers a scientific account and research of the foremost issues of eco-friendly criminology, written through one of many top gurus within the box. The booklet attracts upon the disciplines of environmental reviews, environmental sociology and environmental administration in addition to criminology and socio-legal experiences, and attracts upon quite a lot of examples of crimes opposed to the surroundings – starting from poisonous waste, logging, flora and fauna smuggling, bio-piracy, the use and delivery of ozone depleting components via to unlawful logging and fishing, water toxins and animal abuse. The book is divided into 3 elements: half 1 units out theoretical ways and views at the topic; half 2 explores the (national and overseas) dimensions of environmental crime and the reasons for it; half three offers with the variety of responses to environmental crime - environmental legislation enforcement, rules, environmental crime prevention and the position of worldwide associations and events.

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For instance, social research has pointed to the phenomenon of the routinisation of environmental concerns (Pakulski et al. 1998). It is argued that a decline in membership and participation in environmental groups over a ten year period was due in large part to the increasing familiarity of the public with environmental issues (because of persistent media coverage). 37 Crimes Against Nature A change in the level of public concern about environmental issues was also attributed to a greater reliance upon experts rather than environmental activists to define and shape conceptions of environmental problems.

The study of environmental problems is the study of real, existing problems; but these become social problems as the products of a ‘dynamic social process of definition, negotiation and legitimation’ (Hannigan 2006: 31). The problems may be ‘real’, but the definition, magnitude, impact, risk and origins of phenomena such as pollution, climate change and toxic waste are open to interpretation and dispute. 1 The science of environmental harm It has been noted that ‘scientists are integral players in the translation of scientific knowledge into pubic policy’ (Silva and Jenkins-Smith 2007: 640).

The same companies that promise to supply clean water, therefore, are the same companies most likely to contaminate it. Local natural environments, and nonhuman inhabitants of both wilderness and built environments, are negatively impacted upon by human practices that destroy, re-channel or pollute existing fresh water systems. Who does so, and why, are important questions to answer. Specific practices, and choices, in how humans interact with particular environments present immediate and potential risks to everything within them.

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