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2005-02-13 11:20:00

PARIS, (AFP) -- Way back in 1968, US ecologist Garrett Hardin sketched the dilemma that today besets the Kyoto Protocol, the UN's global warming pact which takes effect on Wednesday. In a landmark essay, "The Tragedy of the Commons," Hardin evoked the case of common land where everyone has the right to graze their cattle. Even if the land becomes overgrazed, people will continue to put their animals on the damaged fields and even add to their herd, said Hardin. The reasoning: Individuals...

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