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Excess, catastrophe, and climate change. / Yusoff, Kathryn.

In: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Vol. 27, No. 6, 26.10.2009, p. 1010-1029.

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Yusoff, K 2009, 'Excess, catastrophe, and climate change', Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 1010-1029. https://doi.org/10.1068/d7407

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Yusoff, K. (2009). Excess, catastrophe, and climate change. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 27(6), 1010-1029. https://doi.org/10.1068/d7407

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Yusoff K. Excess, catastrophe, and climate change. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 2009 Oct 26;27(6):1010-1029. https://doi.org/10.1068/d7407

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Yusoff, Kathryn. / Excess, catastrophe, and climate change. In: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 2009 ; Vol. 27, No. 6. pp. 1010-1029.

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