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Framework to define environmental sustainability boundaries and a review of current approaches

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Framework to define environmental sustainability boundaries and a review of current approaches. / Vea, Eldbjørg Blikra; Ryberg, Morten; Richardson, Katherine; Hauschild, Michael Z.

I: Environmental Research Letters, Bind 15, Nr. 10, 103003, 2020.

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Vea, EB, Ryberg, M, Richardson, K & Hauschild, MZ 2020, 'Framework to define environmental sustainability boundaries and a review of current approaches', Environmental Research Letters, bind 15, nr. 10, 103003. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/abac77

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Vea, E. B., Ryberg, M., Richardson, K., & Hauschild, M. Z. (2020). Framework to define environmental sustainability boundaries and a review of current approaches. Environmental Research Letters, 15(10), [103003]. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/abac77

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Vea EB, Ryberg M, Richardson K, Hauschild MZ. Framework to define environmental sustainability boundaries and a review of current approaches. Environmental Research Letters. 2020;15(10). 103003. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/abac77

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Vea, Eldbjørg Blikra ; Ryberg, Morten ; Richardson, Katherine ; Hauschild, Michael Z. / Framework to define environmental sustainability boundaries and a review of current approaches. I: Environmental Research Letters. 2020 ; Bind 15, Nr. 10.

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