EnviroStats, Winter 2008

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Latest indicators

2006 to 2007
Percentage change
Gross domestic product
August 2008
Percentage change
Greenhouse gas emissions
2005 to 2006
Percentage change
Particulate matter (PM2.5)
2000 to 2005
No significant trend
Ground-level ozone
1990 to 2005
Median percent change per year
Natural resource wealth
2006 to 2007
Percentage change



Greenhouse gas emissions–a focus on Canadian households

Alison Clark Milito and Gabriel Gagnon

Households contribute to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Canada both directly and indirectly. Direct emissions occur through the use of motor fuel and residential fuel, while indirect emissions result from the production of goods and services purchased by households. Together direct and indirect household emissions represented close to half of Canada 's total GHG emissions in 2004. This article examines households' direct and indirect GHG emissions from 1990 to 2004. Full article: HTML

Canadian participation in an environmentally active lifestyle

Avani Babooram

This study focuses on six environmental behaviours at the household level: use of reduced volume toilets; use of low-flow showerheads; use of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL); recycling; composting; and lowering temperatures. In 2006, almost half of Canadian households were very active across this range of environmental behaviours. Full article: HTML

A geographical profile of livestock manure production in Canada, 2006

Nancy Hofmann

This article profiles manure production in Canada and maps manure production by sub-sub-drainage area for 2006. Total manure production rose 16% from 1981 to 2006. Full article: HTML

Households' use of water and wastewater services

Terence Nelligan

This article presents data on water conservation and septic system maintenance from the 2006 Households and the Environment Survey. It compares conservation practices for households using public and private water services and finds that the majority of households used these water conservation practices. Full article: HTML

Energy-efficient holiday lights

Chris Birrell

This article presents data on the use of light emitting diode (LED) holiday lighting using data from the 2007 Households and the Environment Survey. It finds that nearly 30% of Canadian households used LED holiday lights in 2007. Full article: HTML

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