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The Metro-Agro-Plex as a Geographical Unit of Analysis for Regional and Global Environmental Change

AGCI Elements of Change Report (1995)
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Many of the temperate zone major cities of the world, specifically those in Europe, Asia, and North America, are closely associated with large food-producing areas. This Elements of Change report looks into this relationship and the implications for the future organization of human populations and the quality of conditions necessary for productive agriculture and healthy urban environments. Particular attention is given to the case study of the metro-agro-plex in China. In addition, this report discusses issues associated with urban air and water pollution impacting agricultural productivity downstream and downriver and conversely agriculturally based pollutants from fertilizer, pesticides and soil erosion impacting neighboring urban areas.

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  • pollution/emissions
  • agriculture
  • urbanization
  • built environment
  • aerosols
  • land-use/land-cover
  • public health
  • regional studies