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Impacts of Industrial Restructuring and Technological Progress on PM2.5 Pollution: Evidence from Prefecture-Level Cities in China

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Key Laboratory of Land Surface Pattern and Simulation, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
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College of Geodesy and Geomatics, Shandong University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266590, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(10), 5283; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105283
Received: 22 March 2021 / Revised: 14 May 2021 / Accepted: 14 May 2021 / Published: 16 May 2021
PM2.5 pollution has produced adverse effects all over the world, especially in fast-developing China. PM2.5 pollution in China is widespread and serious, which has aroused widespread concern of the government, the public and scholars. This paper evaluates the evolution trend and spatial pattern of PM2.5 pollution in China based on the data of 281 prefecture-level cities in China from 2007 to 2017, and reveals the pollution situation of PM2.5 and its relationship with industrial restructuring and technological progress by using spatial dynamic panel model. The results show that China’s PM2.5 pollution has significant path dependence and spatial correlation, and the industrial restructuring and technological progress have significant positive effects on alleviating PM2.5 pollution. As a decomposition item of technological progress, technical change effectively alleviates PM2.5 pollution. Another important discovery is that the interaction between industrial restructuring and technological progress will aggravate PM2.5 pollution. Finally, in order to effectively improve China’s air quality, while advocating the Chinese government to pursue high-quality development, this paper puts forward a regional joint prevention mechanism. View Full-Text
Keywords: PM2.5 pollution; industrial restructuring; technological progress; spatial dynamic panel model; prefecture-level cities PM2.5 pollution; industrial restructuring; technological progress; spatial dynamic panel model; prefecture-level cities
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Xu, N.; Zhang, F.; Xuan, X. Impacts of Industrial Restructuring and Technological Progress on PM2.5 Pollution: Evidence from Prefecture-Level Cities in China. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 5283. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105283

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Xu N, Zhang F, Xuan X. Impacts of Industrial Restructuring and Technological Progress on PM2.5 Pollution: Evidence from Prefecture-Level Cities in China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(10):5283. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105283

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Xu, Ning; Zhang, Fan; Xuan, Xin. 2021. "Impacts of Industrial Restructuring and Technological Progress on PM2.5 Pollution: Evidence from Prefecture-Level Cities in China" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18, no. 10: 5283. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105283

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