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FROM VOLUME 9, NUMBERS 10-11, OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 1996

REPORTS...
CANADA

Note: Government agency reports are published in both French and English editions, sometimes combined.


Item #d96oct85

The State of Canada's Environment—1996 Edition, Environ. Canada, 1996. Available in these versions: print (Cdn.$75); CD-ROM (Cdn.$50); Internet subscription (Cdn.$100). The latter two are bilingual; printed version in either English or French. Contact tel: 800 734 3232 (N. Amer. only) or 613 954 5791; Internet: http://www.doe.ca.)

Published every five years, this third edition is updated, rewritten and expanded and includes observations, statistical data, and analysis.


Item #d96oct86

Environment Canada has issued the following brief reports from its State of the Environment (SOE) Reporting Program in the National Environmental Indicator Series. Each consists of a two-page overview, followed by trends in key indicators. Available from Environment Canada. Data are regularly updated on Environ. Canada's Green Lane Network (Internet: http://www.ec.gc.ca).

Energy Consumption (SOE Bull. 96-3), 5 pp., Spring 1996. Gives data on Canadian and global total and fossil fuel energy consumption, along with GDP levels. Canada's total energy use rose 4.4% between 1993 and 1994, following its GDP trend.

Climate Change (SOE Bull. 96-4), 5 pp., Spring 1996. Presents information on Canadian and world wide carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel use, as well as global atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane, and compares the trend in temperature variations globally and in Canada.

Stratospheric Ozone Depletion (SOE Bull. 95-5), 5 pp., Fall 1995. Gives data for new supplies of ozone depleting substances in Canada and globally, and their global atmospheric and stratospheric concentrations.

Sustaining Canada's Forests (SOE Bull. 95-4), Summer 1995. A 3-page overview discusses the importance of Canadian forests and indicators of sustainable forest management, and illustrates the country's terrestrial ecozones. A 7-page section covers timber harvesting, including natural disturbance trends by region, timber harvest levels by volume and area, the economic value of timber harvesting, and post-harvest regeneration.


Item #d96oct87

Rational Energy Program: An Analysis of the Impact of Rational Measures to the Year 2010, 196 pp., Sep. 1996 (Sierra Club of Can.).

Presents 30 measures designed to improve energy efficiency in the transportation, building, and industrial sectors, and increase the use of renewable energy in the electricity sector. Recommends a carbon tax of $20 per metric ton, to be offset by a reduction in the current Goods and Services Tax from 7.0% to 5.5%. [According to Intl. Environ. Rptr. (p. 861, Oct. 2), a Canadian government analysis of these proposals finds that they should reduce end-user energy demand by 13% by 2010 and reduce CO2 emissions 22% from the business-as-usual scenario, without the use of nuclear energy.]


Item #d96oct88

Corporate Action on Climate Change—1995: An Independent Review, 1996, Cdn.$90.95/US$68 (Pembina Inst.)

Corporate Action Plans under Canada's Voluntary Challenge and Registry Program need significant strengthening if the program is to make an effective contribution to the country's climate change commitments. Only Ontario Hydro, Superior Propane and TransAlta Corp. received a passing grade; the average score for all companies rated was 27%. Canada must institute other measures to meet its commitment under the climate convention.


Item #d96oct89

Canada's Voluntary Challenge and Registry Program: An Independent Review, 1995, Cdn.$20/US$15 (Pembina Inst.).

Analyzes more than 70 action plans submitted by companies to Canada's voluntary program and concludes that this program is wholly inadequate to meet the country's greenhouse gas stabilization commitment. Recommends changes in the tax treatment of energy efficiency investments, mandatory reporting requirements for the voluntary program, and implementation of targeted voluntary programs in specific sectors.


Item #d96oct90

Environmental Performance Review Canada, 243 pp., Nov. 1995 (OECD).

New measures in addition to the present voluntary measures are needed to enable Canada to meet its target of stabilizing CO2 emissions by the year 2000. Recommends energy taxes and measures in the transportation sector to help achieve this goal.

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