Asynchronous regional development

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This paper discusses the implications of asynchronous regional development for the study of pre-industrial environmental conditions. It suggests that while recent exponential growth in global population has swamped the effects of regional technology differences, those differences are relevant when studying the pre-industrial past. It develops a simple population/environmental impact model to show that an assumption of uniform global development may understate long-lived irreversible anthropogenic environmental impacts, relative to a more realistic assumption of asynchronicity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1079-1086
Number of pages8
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1994
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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