Learn With Elaine: Elephants and Avocados

The tragedy of the commons explains why avocados can be more important than elephants.

How Kenya’s Avocados Could Harm Its Elephants

In Kenya, 2,000 elephants might no longer be able to use a wildlife corridor that lets them travel among three national parks. The reason is the avocado. Kenya’s Avocado Exports On approximately 175 acres, near Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, KiliAco…

Where a Traffic Light Could Cut Noise Pollution

To diminish the city’s noise pollution, Mumbai is experimenting with traffic lights that last longer when drivers honk too much.

The Inside (and Outside) Story of India’s Air Pollution

Inside and outside, India’s air pollution is a story of the tragedy of the commons that so far has not had a happy ending.

Where the Federal Deficit Can Fool Us

At $1 trillion, the ballooning U.S. deficit can be understood as a number, as a proportion of the budget, and the reason we owe China so much money.

The Less Obvious Way To Conserve Wildlife

Attempts to encourage African wildlife conservation have changed incentives that affect African villagers and U.S. hunters.

What an Air Quality Index Really Measures

While the Air Quality Index (AQI) is a pollution yardstick, it also can signal if we are controlling the tragedy of the commons.

How Phish-Tarping is a Tragedy (of the Commons)

While we know that overused resources can include the ocean, the air, and a pasture, we also should include beaches and seats.

The Huge Impact of a Rather Irritating Invention

While the cost of free parking in New York City is rather huge, it can be offset by what was a seemingly insignificant and irritating innovation.

The Codfather and the Tragedy of the Commons

Although The Codfather violated New England’s catch share system, the overfishing that results from the tragedy of the commons has been minimized.