Articles | Volume 18, issue 7
Research article
10 Apr 2018
Research article |  | 10 Apr 2018

Low-carbon energy generates public health savings in California

Christina B. Zapata, Chris Yang, Sonia Yeh, Joan Ogden, and Michael J. Kleeman

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