Unearthing the "green" personality: Core traits predict environmentally friendly behavior. / Brick, Cameron; Lewis, Gary.

In: Environment and Behavior, Vol. 48, No. 5, 01.06.2016, p. 635-658.

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In: Environment and Behavior, Vol. 48, No. 5, 01.06.2016, p. 635-658.

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