The Politics of Atmospheric Sciences: “Nuclear Winter” and Global Climate Change

  title={The Politics of Atmospheric Sciences: “Nuclear Winter” and Global Climate Change},
  author={Matthias D{\"o}rries},
  pages={198 - 223}
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