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Emissions: individual choices worsen societal outcomes

Chris Wood - Norwich, NR1
04 November 2011
 

Your report on the carbon dioxide emissions of different forms of transport demonstrates that the Tragedy of the Commons operates even when we are trying to do something about a problem!

In 1968, Garrett Hardin wrote a seminal paper in the journal Science (vol. 162, pp. 1243-8) entitled ‘The Tragedy of the Commons’.  As a starting point for his analysis of human exploitation of environmental ‘goods’ shared by all, he took the example of pastoralists sharing common...

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