Optimal Climate Change: Economics and Climate Science Policy Histories (from Heuristic to Normative)

@article{Randalls2011OptimalCC,
  title={Optimal Climate Change: Economics and Climate Science Policy Histories (from Heuristic to Normative)},
  author={Samuel Randalls},
  journal={Osiris},
  year={2011},
  volume={26},
  pages={224 - 242}
}
  • S. Randalls
  • Published 1 January 2011
  • Economics, Medicine
  • Osiris
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