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Making sense of "Day Zero": Slow catastrophes, Anthropocene futures and the story of Cape Town's water crisis

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Making sense of "Day Zero" : Slow catastrophes, Anthropocene futures and the story of Cape Town's water crisis. / Shepherd, Nick.

I: Water, Bind 11, Nr. 9, 1744, 2019.

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