Monday, May 26, 2008

Talk about timing, this is a Stats Can Report worth reading

Statistics Canada has released their annual report on Climate Change here. It is a well laid presentation with plenty of charts and graphs that sadly explains how poorly Canada is doing to reduce greenhouse gases and emissions.
Canada has about 0.5% of the world's population, but contributes about 2% of the total global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This puts Canadians among the highest per capita emitters, largely as a result of the size of the country, the low density of the population, the high energy demands imposed by the climate, our resource-based economy, and the volume of goods we export. In 2005, slightly more than 23 tonnes of GHGs were emitted for each person in the country: this represents an 8% per capita increase since 1990. 3
Certainly a timely report with the current meetings going on in Europe. The report goes into detail about types and sources of emissions, break down by province and population (Alberta you have been bad) and comparisons to other countries as well as the effects on our climate. Here's one of the charts comparing the performance by countries that do report emissions.

We do not usually get this much information in a readable format, so it well worth setting up as a bookmark for a future read.

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