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FROM VOLUME 6, NUMBER 11, NOVEMBER 1993

REPORTS...
CANADA


Item #d93nov75

Canada's National 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.


Item #d93nov76

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: 613-991-6996).

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 changes.


Item #d93nov77

Canadian Global 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.


Item #d93nov78

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.


Item #d93nov79

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: 613-952-9620).

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 competitiveness.

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 analysis.


Item #d93nov80

Environmental 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.


Item #d93nov81

Canada's Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Estimates for 1990 (see previous section).

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