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Science  12 Dec 2003:
Vol. 302, Issue 5652, pp. 1871e
DOI: 10.1126/science.302.5652.1871e

Thirty-five years ago, ecologist Garrett Hardin published in Science his famous essay “The Tragedy of the Commons,” the subject of this week's special issue (p. 1906). Hardin argued that the unbridled pursuit of self-interest inevitably leads to destruction of communal resources such as fisheries and grazing land. This week, NetWatch highlights sites that track the status of our shared resources. For more about Hardin himself—who remained a gadfly, championing restrictions on immigration and decrying foreign aid—try this site from the Garrett Hardin Society: http://www.garretthardinsociety.org/. You'll find additional related Web links at Science Online's home page for our recent State of the Planet series: www.sciencemag.org/sciext/sotp

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