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Green criminology, water issues, human rights and private profit

White, R ORCID: 0000-0002-8800-0093 and Eman, K 2020 , 'Green criminology, water issues, human rights and private profit', in K Eman and G Mesko and L Segato and M Migliorini (eds.), Water, Governance, and Crime Issues , Springer, Switzerland, pp. 3-15.

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Abstract

Fresh water is a basic essential of life. It is fundamental to the wellbeing of humans,to ecosystems and to flora and fauna. It constitutes the lifeblood of many industries,from tourism to mining, agriculture to aquaculture. Activities and events thatthreaten the quantity and quality of fresh water therefore have major negative consequencesfor health, business success and national security. What is more, water is“one of the world’s greatest renewable resources and is a natural monopoly essentialto health and wellbeing” (Whelan & White, 2005, p. 135). In other words, clean safewater presents as a biological, social, economic, and spiritual necessity for contemporarysociety (Archer, 1998, p. 30).While essential to life, there are presently a number of threats to fresh water supplyon a world scale. The scarcity of water is itself part of the problems. As thischapter demonstrates, water issues have a number of dimensions and from the pointof view of human rights can be analysed in relation to notions of crime, criminalityand social and ecological justice. Who owns and controls water, and how they do so,is of major concern.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:White, R and Eman, K
Publisher: Springer
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/978-3-030-44798-4_1
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