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Climate change and criminality

A significantly under-focused impact of global warming is the direct and indirect impacts it will have on criminal behaviour.

There are however a number of ways that global warming can affect criminal behaviour. For example, there is direct impact of certain factors such as temperature on aggressive behaviour and hence violent crime. There is an indirect impact of adverse climate changes that affect economic outcomes e.g. floods or drought. Changes in frequency of such adverse events can negatively impact people’s economic opportunities which may both induce economic crime because of need or allow organised criminal networks to exploit newly vulnerable people causing increases in trafficking or luring people organised criminal networks. Climate change can also trigger local and global conflict from say increased inequality. Finally, regulation to address climate change may give rise to ways to evade such regulation.

In this interactive webinar a panel of experts will discuss climate change and criminality. Confirmed speakers include Professor Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay (Director of the Centre for Crime, Justice and Policing), Professor Francis Pope (Professor of Atmospheric Science), David Lloyd (Police and Crime Commissioner, Hertfordshire), Cindy Buckley (Senior Operations Coordinator, Illicit Markets, Interpol).

Find out more about this event: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/university/colleges/socsci/events/esrc-festival-2021/events/climate-change-and-criminality.aspx

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