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Interrupting the social amplification of risk process: a case study in collective emissions reduction

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Interrupting the social amplification of risk process: a case study in collective emissions reduction. / Busby, J S; Alcock, R E; MacGillivray, B H.

In: Environmental Science and Policy, Vol. 12, No. 3, 2009, p. 297-308.

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Busby, JS, Alcock, RE & MacGillivray, BH 2009, 'Interrupting the social amplification of risk process: a case study in collective emissions reduction', Environmental Science and Policy, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 297-308. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2008.12.001

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Busby JS, Alcock RE, MacGillivray BH. Interrupting the social amplification of risk process: a case study in collective emissions reduction. Environmental Science and Policy. 2009;12(3):297-308. doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2008.12.001

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Busby, J S ; Alcock, R E ; MacGillivray, B H. / Interrupting the social amplification of risk process: a case study in collective emissions reduction. In: Environmental Science and Policy. 2009 ; Vol. 12, No. 3. pp. 297-308.

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