Paradoxical Conservation and the Tragedy of Multiple Commons

Olmsted, James L.
December 2008
Tulane Environmental Law Journal;Dec2008, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p103
Academic Journal
An essay is presented on nature conservation. It tackles issues concerning global warming, emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollution. It also mentions the concept of "tragedy of the commons," which refers to the economic and social consequences of allowing individuals unlimited access to some form of common area for various uses, such as animal grazing. The author explains the role of altruistic behaviors in the depletion of other natural resources in commons.


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