Current Climate Change Reports

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 243–251 | Cite as

Criminological Perspectives on Climate Change, Violence and Ecocide

  • Rob WhiteEmail author
Climate Change and Conflicts (E Gilmore, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Climate Change and Conflicts


Purpose of Review

The object of this article is to review recent criminological writings on climate change and its implications for violence.

Recent Findings

Criminological literature tends to focus on either the negative consequences of climate change, such as for example an increase in violence due to increases in warm temperatures, or the causes of global warming, such as activities and omissions by nation-states and transnational corporations that foster ongoing carbon emissions.


The article provides insight into climate change-related crimes through the lens of criminology. It does this by examining the relationship between temperature changes and human behaviour, climate change and social strains, and the re-casting of crimes of the powerful as ecocide since they contribute to global warming. Related issues pertaining to contrarianism and the securitisation of natural resources, both of which protect and sustain particular sectional interests rather than the public interest, are also considered.


Criminology Climate change Violence Ecocide Crimes of the powerful 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by the author.

Conflict of Interest

The author states that he has no financial or personal relationships with any third party whose interests could be positively or negatively influenced by the article’s content.


Papers of particular interest, published recently, have been highlighted as: • Of importance •• Of major importance

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social SciencesUniversity of TasmaniaHobartAustralia

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