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Measuring air polluters’ responsibility in transboundary pollution networks

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  • George Halkos

    (University of Thessaly)

  • Shunsuke Managi

    (Kyushu University)

  • Kyriaki Tsilika

    (University of Thessaly)

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This study proposes a new method of graph computing for environmental economics. We apply a weighted graph model that reproduces the structure of SO x emission–deposition tables. Our data apply scientific and technical data on emissions, atmospheric processes, and effects on the environment of sulfur oxides from the European Monitoring and Evaluation Program of the long-range transmission of air pollutants in Europe. Our graph metrics consider both the activity and the amount of pollution for each polluter. The results show the contribution of oxidized sulfur emitted from one country and deposited to another. The most influential node of the country-to-country blame network is tracked using indicators of centrality. Exploring options and metrics for ranking the blame for SO x pollutants, we depict the degree of the responsibility for SO x depositions in EU countries graphically.

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  • George Halkos & Shunsuke Managi & Kyriaki Tsilika, 2018. "Measuring air polluters’ responsibility in transboundary pollution networks," Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, Springer;Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies - SEEPS, vol. 20(3), pages 619-639, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:envpol:v:20:y:2018:i:3:d:10.1007_s10018-017-0208-3
    DOI: 10.1007/s10018-017-0208-3
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    Keywords

    Deposition of oxidized sulfur; Polluters’ responsibility; Computational data analysis; Visual analytics; Data representations; Graph modeling;
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    JEL classification:

    • C63 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computational Techniques
    • C88 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Other Computer Software
    • Q51 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Valuation of Environmental Effects
    • Q53 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Air Pollution; Water Pollution; Noise; Hazardous Waste; Solid Waste; Recycling
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy

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