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Human Activity and the Environment 2011

Economy and the environment

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Human Activity and the Environment 2011    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 16-201-XPE 11000
Pages 166
Language English; Aussi disponible en français
Price $20.00
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Published by Statistics Canada, 2011.

This is an annual publication. The 2011 edition was released June 2011.


Human Activity and the Environment 2011 is based on the analytical article "Economy and the environment." The report starts with a discussion of how the economy and the environment can be linked in conceptual terms (Section 2). It then presents Canada's environment in the international context (Section 3). Sections 4, 5, and 6 highlight Canada's endowment of natural resources and underline their role in our economy with statistics on timber, energy, minerals, land, and fresh water. Section 7 focuses on the flow of materials and energy between the economy and the environment with statistics on the intensity of energy use and resulting greenhouse gas emissions. Finally, Section 8 presents a selection of statistics on what households, businesses, and governments are doing to reduce their impact on the environment.

Data come from Statistics Canada and other sources, including other federal government departments and international organizations.

  • Highlights
  • Section 1 – Introduction
  • Section 2 – Linking the Environment and the Economy
  • Section 3 – Canada's Environment in the International Context
  • Section 4 – Natural Wealth
    • 4.1 Natural wealth trends
    • 4.2 Selected natural resource trends
  • Section 5 – Water Resources
  • Section 6 – Land Resources
    • 6.1 Land cover and terrestrial ecosystems
    • 6.2 Settlements
    • 6.3 Land and the economy
  • Section 7 – Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    • 7.1 Household greenhouse gas emissions and energy use
    • 7.2 Industrial greenhouse gas emissions and energy use
  • Section 8 – Environment Protection Efforts
    • 8.1 Protecting ecosystems
    • 8.2 Managing solid wastes
    • 8.3 Spending to control industrial impacts
    • 8.4 Households actions to protect the environment
  • Appendix – Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Starting with the 2010 edition, the publication was renamed Human Activity and the Environment. The article and statistical tables will be published separately, with the article continuing to be released annually. Previous editions of 16-201-XPE were titled Human Activity and the Environment: Annual Statistics.

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