JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES ›› 2016, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (9): 1452-1462.doi: 10.11849/zrzyxb.20151232

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Environmental Kuznets Curve Analysis of the Footprints Family in Mainland China

FAN Sheng-yue, MA Liang-liang   

  1. School of Economics, Minzu University of China, Beijing 100081, China
  • Received:2015-11-10 Revised:2016-04-01 Online:2016-09-20 Published:2016-09-20
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41371529 and 41071353

Abstract: This article selected the data of land use, greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption in China during 1987-2013 to calculate the land footprint, carbon footprint and water footprint of the footprints family using the Input-output Method, and then integrated the footprints by the Vertical and Horizontal Deviation Maximization Method, and analyzed Environmental Kuznets Curve of the footprints synthesis index and the indicators of footprints family. The results showed that the footprints synthesis index changed from 2.274 2 in 1987 to 3.816 9 in 2013, which had the tendency of ascending. The footprints synthesis index had gental curve relationship with per capita GDP, showing the increasing of the ecological occupancy and the less sustainability of resource utilization. The Environmental Kuznets Curve of land, carbon and water footprints were respectively in ∽-curve, coordinated growth curve, and flat curve, which shows the entering to transition period of urbanization, the rising period of carbon emissions and the non-sustainability of water resources in China. The selection of indicators has impact on the shape of the Kuznets Curve.

Key words: Environmental Kuznets Curve, Footprints Family, footprints integration, Vertical and Horizontal Deviation Maximization Method

CLC Number: 

  • F062.1