International environmental crime shouldn't pay
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nforcement of international environmental treaties is so weak that there is little check on violations such as the smuggling of endangered species, illegal fishing and logging, and the illicit dumping of hazardous wastes, reports Worldwatch Research Associate Lisa Mastny in the September/October issue of World Watch magazine.
We've got plenty of environmental treaties, more than 500 at last count, says Mastny, who coauthored Crimes of (a) Global Nature, with Hilary French, Director of the Global Governance Project at the Worldwatch Institute. But pieces of paper don't frighten criminals. Unless governments start implementing the terms of these treaties, and put some teeth into enforcement, these lawbreakers will continue to ravage and pollute our planet.
Among the shocking violations mentioned in the article are the following:
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