There’s a growing movement to put acts of environmental destruction on par with war crimes and genocide. An increasing number of activists, lawyers and politicians want what they’re calling “Ecocide” to be punishable by the International Criminal Court. They say making this a crime would deter companies and governments from harming the environment. Instead of paying fines and compensation, perpetrators would be liable to arrest, prosecution and imprisonment.Meanwhile, a UN scientific panel has recommended that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef be put on a list of endangered World Heritage sites, angering the Australian government. The reef is a major tourist attraction and Australia has been working to keep it off of the in-danger list. The UN body says the decline in coral is due to climate change, and urged Australia to take accelerated action.
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