GHG Targets as Insurance Against Catastrophic Climate Damages

  title={GHG Targets as Insurance Against Catastrophic Climate Damages},
  author={Martin Weitzman},
  journal={NBER Working Paper Series},
  • M. Weitzman
  • Published 1 June 2010
  • Environmental Science
  • NBER Working Paper Series
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