• making ecocide a crime inches toward reality

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    Crime of ecocide could transform fight against climate change

    Pilita Clark, Financial Times via Carbon Brief

    FT columnist and former environment correspondent Pilita Clark says
    that the idea of "ecocide" has "inched a fraction closer to reality"
    with a panel of lawyers from around the world unveiling a legal
    definition of the crime. She continues: "It describes ecocide as
    `unlawful or wanton acts' committed in the knowledge that there is a
    high chance they could cause `severe and either widespread or
    long-term damage to the environment'. If adopted, it would put severe environmental ruin on a par with war crimes and open a path to putting
    chief executives and presidents on the stand. And even if that never
    happens, campaigners are banking on the mere legal existence of
    ecocide to change the behaviour of large corporations, along with
    their financiers and insurers."

    In other comment, Tom Rees in the Sun Telegraph has a news feature
    under the headline: "Counting the cost of going green as inflation and
    climate change collide." Rees writes: "Going green could be expensive
    for consumers. The 2 big challenges for the post-Covid economy,
    inflation and the climate transition, are set to collide in the coming
    years, potentially causing headaches for the Bank of England and
    global rate-setters...Rises in the cost of living for families as a
    result of climate change will be driven not only from the negative
    effects of a warming planet, but also the policies and technologies
    put in place to combat it. But who will pick up the tab?...In the coming
    years, the climate crisis could compound inflationary pressures
    currently causing jitters in financial markets. The transition comes
    with a huge up-front bill, carbon pricing will hike costs for the
    biggest polluters, and food and energy prices will become more
    volatile as extreme weather events become more frequent. Yet some
    forecasters expect green policies to eventually pull down prices."
    Meanwhile, writing for BusinessGreen, Sam Robinson of the Conservative thinktank Bright Blue says that "broad-based environmental tax reform
    can drive changes needed to put the economy on a pathway to net-zero".

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