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The Globalization of Smoke: Co-Evolution in Science and Governance of a Commons Problem

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Farrell, Alex; Keating, Terry J.
Conference: Constituting the Commons: Crafting Sustainable Commons in the New Millennium, the Eighth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Conf. Date: May 31-June 4
Date: 2000
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1902
Sector: Global Commons
Region: North America
Subject(s): IASC
common pool resources
air pollution
property rights
Clean Air Act
governance and politics
Abstract: "Air pollution has been with humankind for at least as long as has fire, but it has evolved from a mostly domestic problem of cookstove smoke to a range of regional, international, and global commons phenomena such as ozone layer depletion, acidification, photochemical smog, and climate change. Over time, the character of these phenomena and the scientific understanding of them have co-evolved along with the ways in which societies have chosen to deal with them. This paper will trace the co-evolution of the science and governance of several important air pollution problems, smoke, transboundary industrial pollution, and photochemical smog, focusing mostly on the United States. It will emphasize the role science and technology have had in shaping societal responses, and in the conceptual frameworks upon which these responses are based."

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