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Sustainability 2018, 10(8), 2809; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10082809

Evolving Temporal–Spatial Trends, Spatial Association, and Influencing Factors of Carbon Emissions in Mainland China: Empirical Analysis Based on Provincial Panel Data from 2006 to 2015

College of Management and Economics, Tianjin University, No. 92 Weijin Road, Nankai District, Tianjin 300072, China
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Received: 1 July 2018 / Revised: 30 July 2018 / Accepted: 3 August 2018 / Published: 8 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Energy Sustainability)
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Based on provincial panel data from 2005 to 2016, this paper analyzes evolving temporal–spatial trends, spatial correlation and influencing factors of carbon emissions in China. The results show that there is a great heterogeneity in the evolving temporal–spatial trends of carbon emissions among provinces and regions in China, with the heterogeneity in eastern provinces most obvious. At the same time, there exists significant spatial correlation and agglomeration of carbon emissions in 30 provinces. It is found that the distribution characteristics of carbon emissions are affected by various economic and social factors based on the extended STIRPAT (Stochastic Impacts by Regression on Population, Affluence, and Technology) model. Population pressure, affluence, energy intensity, industrial structure, urbanization level and investment in fixed assets can significantly promote the increase of carbon emissions. The technological level and government environmental supervision have significant inhibitory effects on carbon emissions, but foreign direct investment (FDI) has no significant impact. Therefore, it is necessary to strengthen environmental supervision and upgrade technology level to promote carbon emission reduction. View Full-Text
Keywords: carbon emissions; evolving temporal–spatial trends; spatial correlation; influencing factors carbon emissions; evolving temporal–spatial trends; spatial correlation; influencing factors
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Chen, W.; Yang, R. Evolving Temporal–Spatial Trends, Spatial Association, and Influencing Factors of Carbon Emissions in Mainland China: Empirical Analysis Based on Provincial Panel Data from 2006 to 2015. Sustainability 2018, 10, 2809.

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