Wednesday, December 2

What is the “cobra effect” (and how it shows that sometimes the remedy is worse than the disease)

  • Dalia Ventura
  • BBC World News



History has shown us that often not even the best intentions accompanied by seemingly good ideas ensure a happy ending and that, in many cases, saying that “the intention is what counts” is not enough.

Think, for example, of one of the measures that various cities around the world have taken over the years to deal with the problem of environmental pollution.

The case of Mexico City may be familiar to you.

In the late 1980s, the rulers of the metropolis, whose air quality was so worrying that it was described as “the prelude to an ecological Hiroshima”, they decreed that every winter day -when the pollution is worst- 20% of the cars could not circulate.

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