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  • CAPMoN—Canadian Air and Precipitation Monitoring Network
  • CCME—Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment
  • CESI—Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators
  • CFC—chlorofluorocarbon
  • CH4—methane
  • CO2—carbon dioxide
  • DFO—Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • FPT—federal/provincial/territorial
  • GDP—gross domestic product
  • GHG—greenhouse gas
  • GWP—global warming potential
  • HFC—hydrofluorocarbon
  • IPCC—Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • Mt—megatonnes; million tonnes
  • Mt CO2 eq—megatonnes (million tonnes) of carbon dioxide equivalent
  • NAPS—National Air Pollution Surveillance
  • n.d.—no date
  • N2O—nitrous oxide
  • NOx—nitrogen oxides; includes nitric oxides (NO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2)
  • NPRI—National Pollutant Release Inventory
  • NRTEE—National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
  • O3—stratospheric ozone
  • PCB—polychlorinated biphenyl
  • PFC—perfluorocarbon
  • PM2.5—fine particulate matter (particulate matter less than or equal to 2.5micrometres in diameter)
  • ppb—parts per billion
  • SF6—sulphur hexafluoride
  • SOx—sulphur oxides
  • SUV—sport utility vehicle
  • μg/m3—micrograms per cubic metre
  • μgm—micrograms
  • μm—micrometre; the average diameter of a human hair is approximately 80 micrometres
  • UNFCCC—United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • VOC—volatile organic compounds
  • WQI—Water Quality Index