EnviroStats, Summer 2009

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Latest indicators

Population
2007 to 2008
Percentage change
1.2%
Gross domestic product, monthly
March 2009
Percentage change
-0.3%
Greenhouse gas emissions
2006 to 2007
Percentage change
4.0%
Particulate matter (P2.5)
2000 to 2006
No significant trend
Ground-level ozone
1990 to 2006
Median percent change per year
0.7%
Natural resource wealth
2007 to 2008
Percentage change
19.0%

Articles

Measuring renewable water assets in Canada: Initial results and research agenda

François Soulard and Mark Henry

Measuring renewable water assets in Canada: Initial results and research agenda: Canada's renewable water resources are mostly the result of rain and melted snow that flow over the ground, eventually reaching our rivers and lakes. This article describes the results of a new methodology producing consistent national estimates of Canada's total annual average water yield from 1971 to 2000. The national estimate of the volume of water runoff is calculated to be, on average, 3,435 km3 per year. Full article: HTML

Targeting environmental protection expenditures in the manufacturing sector

Michael Bordt, Markus Biehl and Robert D. Klassen

Targeting environmental protection expenditures in the manufacturing sector: In 2004, Canadian manufacturers spent approximately $6.8 billion to comply with environmental regulations. Using data from Statistics Canada's Survey of Environmental Protection Expenditures and Annual Survey of Manufacturers and Logging, as well as data derived from Environment Canada's National Pollution Release Inventory, this study examines environmental expenditures in the manufacturing sector. It finds that depending on which aspect of the firm was targeted by these investments, a range of business and environmental performance benefits was realized. Investment in environmental management practices in particular resulted in reductions in operating costs and pollution. Full article: HTML

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