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Sustainability 2015, 7(11), 14488-14500; doi:10.3390/su71114488

Dynamic Sustainability. Sustainability Window Analysis of Chinese Poverty-Environment Nexus Development

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Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku, Yliopistonkatu 58 D, 33100 Tampere, Finland
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Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä, Seminaarinkatu 15, 40014 Jyväskylän yliopisto, Finland
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 19 June 2015 / Revised: 18 October 2015 / Accepted: 23 October 2015 / Published: 28 October 2015
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Abstract

Sustainability Window is a new analysis tool for assessing the sustainability of development simultaneously in all of its three dimensions (environmental, economic, and social). The analysis method provides information of the maximum and minimum economic development that is required to maintain the direction of social and environmental development towards more sustainable targets. With the Sustainability Window method it is possible to easily analyze the sustainability using different indicators and different time periods making comparative analyses easy. The new method makes it also possible to analyze the dynamics of the sustainability and the changes over time in the width of the window. This provides a new perspective for analyzing the trends of sustainability and the impacts of underlying sustainability policies. As an illustration of the method, we have carried out an analysis of Chinese development using CO2 and SO2 emissions as indicators of the environmental dimension, number of non-poor people as an indicator of the social dimension and GDP as an indicator of the economic dimension. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable development; methodology; indicator system; dynamics; China sustainable development; methodology; indicator system; dynamics; China
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Luukkanen, J.; Kaivo-oja, J.; Vehmas, J.; Panula-Ontto, J.; Häyhä, L. Dynamic Sustainability. Sustainability Window Analysis of Chinese Poverty-Environment Nexus Development. Sustainability 2015, 7, 14488-14500.

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