Potential lives saved by replacing coal with solar photovoltaic electricity production in the U.S.

  title={Potential lives saved by replacing coal with solar photovoltaic electricity production in the U.S.},
  author={Emily Prehoda and Joshua M. Pearce},
  journal={Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews},

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