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EnviroStats, Winter 2009

In this issue

Latest indicators
2007 to 2008
Percentage change
Gross domestic product, monthly
September 2009
Percentage change
Greenhouse gas emissions
2006 to 2007
Percentage change
Particulate matter (PM2.5)
2000 to 2006
No significant trend
Ground-level ozone
1990 to 2006
Median percent change per year
Natural resource wealth
2007 to 2008
Percentage change


The Canadian manufacturing industry: Investments and use of energy-related processes or technologies

Sheri Vermette

Energy use is one of the primary contributors to environmental degradation and climate change. This article provides a profile of the Canadian manufacturing industry and the investments made in energy-related processes and technologies in 2006. These investments either reduced the amount of energy used for a process, or lowered the amount of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants produced through the production and use of energy. The paper manufacturing and wood products industries were the largest investors in energy-related processes and technologies, accounting for over 40% of the total capital invested by the manufacturing sector for this purpose. Full article: HTML

Ecoregion profile: Lower Mainland of British Columbia

Doug Trant, Hugo Larocque and Giuseppe Filoso

The Lower Mainland ecoregion profile is the first in an upcoming series of ecoregion profiles. The information presented includes a brief description of the physical setting, a snapshot of land cover and use as well as selected statistics on the changing socio-economy in the region. This is Canada’s most densely populated ecoregion and will also be the site for many of the activities associated with the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Full article: HTML

Quick fact: Gasoline-powered snowblower usage

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