Overfishing in the oceans is a classic example of the "tragedy of the commons"-- overexploitation of an unowned resource. Fishing in U.S. waters is no longer a commons free of fishing restrictions, yet many fisheries still suffer from the tragedy of the commons.
Donald Leal, Holly Fretwell
Our national parks are in trouble. Their roads, historic buildings, visitor facilities, and water and sewer systems are falling apart.
Along the coastal waters of eastern Canada and the United States--in the Grand Banks off Newfoundland, for example, and in Georges Bank off New England--severe overfishing is leading to economic ruin. In spite of years of governmental restrictions on gear, catch, and seasons, fishers are over...
Terry Anderson, Jane Shaw
The political upheaval that occurred in November 1994 provides an opportunity to establish a new environmental agenda. This must be a positive agenda--one that will protect environmental quality and at the same time restore fiscal responsibility, lift onerous regulation, and promote the fair...
The Forest Service needs strong incentives to adhere to the bottom line. The right motivation could help create a profitable timber program.
A new paper challenges conventional wisdom about the role of business in environmental issues. Written primarily for business executives, it offers new ideas for addressing environmental challenges while keeping a principled commitment to market competition, consumer choice, and innovation.
Jane Shaw, Richard Stroup
Nearly twenty years ago, homeowners around Love Canal, an abandoned waste site in Niagara Falls, New York, found chemicals leaking into their homes. Crude health studies suggested that the chemicals might have caused serious diseases and genetic problems. The State of New York declared a public...
, Jane Shaw
Since the late 1980s, many Americans across the country have found that they cannot farm, ranch, or build homes on portions of their land. Why?