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Why global warming isn’t a tragedy of the commons

Global warming is often cited as an example of ‘the tragedy of the commons’, where a resource is overused until there is none left. Even though people know that it will eventually run out they still overuse it. What is … Continue reading

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Sex, beetles and barbed penises

The male seed beetle is equipped with a barbed penis, so that once he has found a mate she cannot escape from his clutches. Unfortunately, whilst a barbed penis may be good for the male it isn’t a lot of … Continue reading

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Tragedy of the commons

The ‘Tragedy of the Commons’ refers to a situation where a shared resource is overused by the people using it, even though they know that if they all overuse it then it will run out. Take an example of overfishing. … Continue reading

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