Trading Water for Carbon with Biological Carbon Sequestration

  title={Trading Water for Carbon with Biological Carbon Sequestration},
  author={Robert B. Jackson and Esteban G. Jobb{\'a}gy and RonI. Avissar and Somnath Baidya Roy and Damian J. Barrett and Charles W. Cook and Kathleen A. Farley and David C. Le Maitre and Bruce A. McCarl and Brian C. Murray},
  pages={1944 - 1947}
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