Human Rights Sub-Comm’n on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, Revised and Updated Rep. on the Question of the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, ¶ 33, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/Sub.2/1985/6 (July 2, 1985)

Citing previous Sub-Commission reports, this updated report by Benjamin Whitaker, Special Rapporteur on genocide, reports that some of his fellow members have proposed broadening the definition of genocide to include ecocide:

adverse alterations, often irreparable, to the environment—for example through nuclear explosions, chemical weapons, serious pollution and acid rain, or destruction of the rain forest—which threaten the existence of entire populations, whether deliberately or with criminal negligence.