Strategic Implications of Counter-Geoengineering: Clash or Cooperation?

  title={Strategic Implications of Counter-Geoengineering: Clash or Cooperation?},
  author={Daniel Heyen and Joshua B. Horton and Juan Moreno-Cruz},
  journal={CESifo Working Paper Series},

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