Unintended Consequences

The ecological disaster that is dolphin safe tuna.

By trying to help dolphins, groups like Greenpeace caused one of the worst marine ecological disasters of all time.

This post took 2nd place in the Three Quarks Daily 2009 Prize in Science, with the comment

It’s a fine example of one of what I consider to be one of the most important lessons of science: that emotional moralization can lead to outcomes that are morally worse than those based on hard-headed analyses.

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