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27 September 2006 The analysis of material flow index at Xinjiang, China
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Xinjiang is rich in natural resources. The fast economic growth in recent decades imposes pressure on environment. We used the material flow index to investigate the impacts of economic development on environment and explored the strategies for sustainable development. Results show that Xinjiang is still at a stage that economic growth is at the cost of high consumption of natural resources. In terms of natural resources usage, the growth of the economy is not efficient. The increase in primary products raises serious problems in environment. Higher level products should be encouraged in the future for sustainable development.
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Xiao Chen, Tashpolat Tiyip, and Guanghui Lü "The analysis of material flow index at Xinjiang, China", Proc. SPIE 6298, Remote Sensing and Modeling of Ecosystems for Sustainability III, 629825 (27 September 2006);

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