Criminality and Climate Change
While the obvious impact of climate change is the increased temperature, rising sea-level and an impact to the ecology, there is also the issue of increased criminality.
One of the many side-effects of climate change that many people don’t make the connection with is the slow and steady rise in criminal activity.
This could be due to criminal activity for survival to get basic necessities like food and clean water or the further unlawful degradation of the environment to get to earth’s finite resources.
University of Tasmania’s Professor of Criminology, Rob White said even though there has been a considerable amount of research done on the impact of climate change on environmental and economic systems, there has been less emphasis on social systems such as criminal justice.
The Age of Consequences
You can watch the full version of the documentary on ABC iView – Four Corners
You can read the full version of Professor White’s commentary in the Nature Climate Change journal.