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Crimes Against Nature: Illegal Industries and the Global Environment

By: Donald R Liddick

299 pages, no illustrations, tables


Hardback | Feb 2011 | #190312 | ISBN-13: 9780313384646
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The alarming consequences of eco-crime go far beyond the widespread degradation of the natural world; important societal institutions are undermined and negative social and economic impacts also result from garbage trafficking, wildlife trafficking, illegal fishing, and illegal logging. In order to successfully combat these problems, a consistent, international response will be necessary.

"Crimes Against Nature: Illegal Industries and the Global Environment" addresses an important topic that is largely unknown and rarely documented other than in reports published by environmental NGOs and a limited number of academic articles and journalistic accounts. A comprehensive and up-to-date description of each illicit industry is provided, emphasizing the damages caused, the transnational nature of these activities, the roles played by organized crime and public and private elites, and the range of possible solutions. The author addresses the complexity of balancing human concerns with environmental interests and concludes with information regarding promising recent developments.

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Don Liddick is associate professor of criminal justice at Penn State Fayette, the Eberly Campus, Uniontown, PA. His published works include numerous articles and books, such as Praeger's "The Global Underworld: Transnational Crime and the United States"; "Government for Sale: Political Fundraising", "Patron Client Relations and Organized Criminality"; and "The Mob's Daily Number: Organized Crime and the Numbers Gambling Industry".

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