Water scarcity and fish imperilment driven by beef production

  title={Water scarcity and fish imperilment driven by beef production},
  author={Brian D. Richter and Dominique Bartak and Peter V. Caldwell and Kyle Frankel Davis and Peter Marcel Debaere and Arjen Y. Hoekstra and Tianshu Li and Landon T. Marston and Ryan Mcmanamay and Mesfin M. Mekonnen and Benjamin L. Ruddell and Richard R. Rushforth and Tara J. Troy},
  journal={Nature Sustainability},
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