EnviroStats, Summer 2008

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Against the flow: Which households drink bottled water?
Neil Rothwell

Using data from the Households and the Environment Survey, the study examines the characteristics of households drinking bottled water in the home. It finds that higher-income households were more likely to drink bottled water in the home, but that households living in apartments, households with seniors and households with at least one member with a university education were less likely to drink bottled water than other groups.

Gone fishing: A profile of recreational fishing in Canada
Nancy Hofmann

Fishing or angling has historically been a popular leisure activity for both Canadians and visitors alike. This article provides a portrait of recreational fishing in Canada. It finds that the number of anglers and the number of fish harvested declined between 1995 and 2005.

Canadian industry's expenditures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Jeff Fritzsche

This study compares businesses' greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction activities and expenditures by establishment size using data from the Survey of Environmental Protection Expenditures.  Overall, businesses spent $955 million on GHG reduction technologies in 2004, a decline of 25% from 2002.

The Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators: On population-weighted ground-level ozone
Soheil Rastan and Joe St. Lawrence

This study extends the trend analysis and builds upon the Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators (CESI) ground-level ozone indicator. It presents two additional population-weighted ground-level ozone concentration trends from 1990 to 2005. During this period, the estimated increase in population-weighted concentration levels, based on the lower-end of the annual concentration data, was statistically more significant than the estimated increase based on the middle range of the annual concentration data. However, no increase or decrease in population-weighted concentration levels was detected in the upper-end of the data.

Canada's ecozones and population change, 1981 to 2006
Doug Trant and Giuseppe Filoso

Data from the Census are mapped by ecozone, showing how Canada's population changed from 1981 to 2006.

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