Issues managing Climate

Updated: Nov 24, 2020

Where the Tragedy of the Commons meets Salience Bias


Economic concept

The Tragedy Of The Commons is a situation in a shared-resource system where individual users, acting independently according to their own self-interest, behave contrary to the common good of all users, by depleting or spoiling that resource through their collective action. (Wikipedia)


Psychological Concept

Salience bias (also known as perceptual salience) is the cognitive bias that predisposes individuals to focus on items that are more prominent or emotionally striking and ignore those that are unremarkable, even though this difference is often irrelevant by objective standards. (Wikipedia)



Resolution Approaches:

  • Carbon Taxes

  • Cap and Trade schemes

  • Alternative energy Tax incentives

  • (Threat of) Law suites for climate change damages. (Causality is difficult but increasingly demonstrable )


Related Article(s):

"Firms face physical, regulatory and legal risks from climate change" - The Economist, 09/21/2019



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