Equity in International Agreements
The atmosphere is the classic global commons. What we are learning from science is a variation of Garrett Hardin’s famous essay on the commons. He took as his example a group of herdsmen whose cattle were grazing on the commons. The incentive of each herdsman is to increase his herd. The commons is overused. Each herdsman realizes this consequence, but has no way of preventing others from gobbling it up. So the incentive of each is to use up the resource as fast as possible before it is gobbled up by others.
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