Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom 'Climate Rules Set from the Top Are Not Enough'

The world is gathered in Copenhagen in an effort to reach an agreement to slow global warming. Elinor Ostrom, winner of this year's Nobel prize for economics, spoke with SPIEGEL ONLINE about shared ownership, local action and why we can't sit around waiting for politicians to act.
Nobel laureate Elinor Ostrom says that top down rules are not enough to save our planet from climate change.

Nobel laureate Elinor Ostrom says that top down rules are not enough to save our planet from climate change.

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Interview conducted by Christoph Seidler and Christian Schwägerl