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An astro-green criminological examination of orbital space debris

Lampkin, Jack ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5104-8758 and Wyatt, Tanya (2023) An astro-green criminological examination of orbital space debris. Criminology & Criminal Justice.

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The aims of this study were to (1) highlight the importance of orbital debris as an environmental and green criminological issue, (2) build on recent work in astro-green criminology and (3) analyse orbital debris from an astro-green perspective with a focus on social and ecological harms consistent with green-critical criminologies. Human-made active and defunct debris continues to accumulate in Earth orbit littering near-Earth orbital space. There are a small number of key drivers, including accidental collisions between objects, in-orbit explosions and anti-satellite missile testing. Such activities pollute Earth orbit causing problems for astronomy, space travel and human and non-human populations on Earth. This is a theoretical, literature-based analysis
of orbital debris from an astro-green criminological perspective. Criminology has had little to say about space debris because its creation is not a criminal offence. This article makes a unique contribution to criminological literature by applying the emerging perspective of astro-green criminology to orbital debris.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/17488958231169124
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
School/Department: York Business School
Institutes: Institute for Social Justice
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/7880

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