Tragedy of the Commons Issues LO26911

From: Rol Fessenden (
Date: 06/28/01

Replying to LO26897 --


Ducks will foul a pond beyond use, then be forced to leave themselves.
Deer on our off-shore islands will denude the island of cover, and then
the deer will die off. Dutch Elm disease killed off many (most?) of the

One of the central problems in describing non-human TOC events is that
these are cases of positive feedback loops which eventually eliminate the
cause itself. If we are not watching closely, we miss it entirely.



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