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Sustainability 2016, 8(7), 635; doi:10.3390/su8070635

Comparative Analysis for the Urban Metabolic Differences of Two Types of Cities in the Resource-Dependent Region Based on Emergy Theory

College of Land Science and Technology, China University of Geosciences, Beijing 100083, China
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Received: 13 May 2016 / Revised: 30 June 2016 / Accepted: 1 July 2016 / Published: 12 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources)
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Urban metabolism analysis has become a useful and effective tool to explore urban socio-economic processes. In this research, in order to explore the similarities and differences of metabolic characteristics and variation rules of different types of resource-dependent cities, we selected two cities—Taiyuan and Jincheng, the capital and a traditional resource-dependent city of Shanxi province, respectively, as research subjects, we also established an urban metabolic evaluation framework by employing a set of eight emergy-based indicators from socio-economic data from 2007 to 2014, and compared the similarities and discrepancies from the perspectives of metabolic structure, intensity, pressure, and efficiency, and put forward some suggestions for pursuing sustainable development for both cities and pointed out that more types of resource-dependent cities should be incorporated in future research work. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban metabolism; resource-dependent city; emergy theory; comparison analysis urban metabolism; resource-dependent city; emergy theory; comparison analysis
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Liu, C.; Shi, X.; Qu, L.; Li, B. Comparative Analysis for the Urban Metabolic Differences of Two Types of Cities in the Resource-Dependent Region Based on Emergy Theory. Sustainability 2016, 8, 635.

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