Pandemic politics—lessons for solar geoengineering

  title={Pandemic politics—lessons for solar geoengineering},
  author={Holly Jean Buck and Oliver Geden and Masahiro Sugiyama and Olaf Corry},
  journal={Communications Earth \& Environment},
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