The “Tragedy of the Commons”


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Essay #: 065130
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The “Tragedy of the Commons”
This paper will examine the idea of the “Tragedy of the Commons”, used to illustrate the example of the common grazing ground for medieval village agriculture, but applicable in today’s modern world too, particularly when it comes to the free, shared resources, like air, water and forestry.
In examining resources there are three types of resources: non-renewable, like oil and precious metals, renewable, like water and wind, and recyclable, like some metals. These terms are all connected to the concept of function. The resources (most of them) have a dollar value for their use. The goal of the state, corporations and the individual is to have access to as much resources as they need and can use with the least...
The end: as well as the industry located there. Although the number of ‘overgrazes’ (industry, agriculture) is small relative to the whole population the effects are complex and affect millions of people. The penalties to the ‘overgrazes’ are small and the benefits large. The same problem can be applied to the overall resource of water worldwide. As population grows, there will be more demand for water. Industrialization, development and agriculture (which will all increase to meet the demands of the growing population) will put further pressure on water resources, of which there is a limited supply. Pollution will further reduce the amounts of drinkable water and it will increase health and environmental problems associated with water pollution.