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FROM VOLUME 6, NUMBER 11, NOVEMBER 1993
Report on Actions to Meet Commitments Under the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change (draft), Sep. 1993. Full report or five-page
executive summary available (no charge). See related item in this issue's News
section for source.
Describes current actions by Canadian governments, non-governmental
organizations, communities and the private sector to meet domestic and
international commitments. Canada has adopted a comprehensive approach that
addresses anthropogenic emissions and sequestering by sinks of all greenhouse
gases, to meet objectives in a cost-effective manner. Adaptation strategies are
also under study. The report uses four tools to assess progress: (1) emissions
inventories; (2) climate change indicators; (3) emissions to the year 2000; and
(4) case studies.
Canadian Options for
Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction (COGGER), COGGER Panel, 40 pp. + five
appendices, Sep. 1993. No charge from Can. Global Change Prog. Secretariat, c/o
Royal Soc. Can., POB 9734, Ottawa ON K1G 5J4 (tel: 613-991-5639; fax:
A panel of experts from universities and industry find that it would be
technically possible, and in fact economically beneficial to reach Canada's
interim target of stabilizing greenhouse gas emissions at 1990 levels by the
year 2000, and to achieve an absolute reduction by 2010. The present barriers to
reductions are not economic but political. More effective government policy is
needed, including targets and timetables, carbon taxes, and regulations for
efficiency standards. Proposes a two-part strategy: development of policies for
cost-effective emissions reductions, and preparation for the prospect that
Canada will have to move beyond the options worth doing whether or not climate
Change Program, 21 pp., 1993. No charge from Royal Soc. Can. (address
above). Outlines the Program, its organizational structure and relationship to
other groups, and topic foci in relation to key global change issues.
A Matter of Degrees:
A Primer on Global Warming, 89 pp., 1993;
A Primer on Ozone Depletion, 76 pp., 1993. Contact Off. Environ.
Citizenship, Atmos. Environ. Serv., Environ. Canada, 373 Sussex Dr., Block E,
1st Fl., Ottawa ON K1A 0H3, Can. (613-943-1534).
These are contributions to Canada's Environmental Citizenship Series,
intended to encourage the development of citizens who are knowledgeable with
respect to the environment at the school, workplace or community level.
Developed by Environment Canada in consultation with government specialists,
educators, provincial and local educators, business groups and environmental
organizations, they emphasize the scientific background and conclude with policy
issues and sources of further information.
The Canadian government
commissioned DRI Canada and Marbek Resource Consultants to produce the
following, which are discussed in Energy, Econ. & Clim. Change, pp.
12-13, Sep. 1993. Obtain them from Commun. Branch, Industry & Science
Canada, 235 Queen St., Ottawa ON K1A 0H5, Can. (tel: 613-954-5716; fax:
Canadian Competitiveness and the Control of Greenhouse Gas Emissions,
222 pp., 1993. Under a scenario with a low cost, no regrets set of policies,
finds that reducing Canadian greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year
2000 will only slightly weaken Canada's economy, without compromising its
Canadian Competitiveness and the Control of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Through Imposition of a Carbon Tax, 1993. Finds that real gross domestic
product falls more with a carbon tax than it does in the previous report's
Perspectives 1993: Studies and Statistics (StatsCan catalogue 11-258), 1993,
Can. $25. Contact Statistics Canada, Pub. Sales Off. (800-267-6677).
Includes an analysis of how greenhouse gas emissions are related to economic
and other activities, as a contribution to developing the waste output account
in the Canadian System of National Accounts.
Gas Emissions: Estimates for 1990 (see previous section).
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