Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Index of Wellbeing adresses Environmental Issues

  • Air quality is showing mixed signs but is still problematic and is costly to Canadians’ health, particularly in large traffic-congested cities.
  • Water quality is good, but supplies are shrinking in parts of the country and, combined with high demand, raise concerns for the future.
  • Canadians are consuming more and disposing more. There are some signs of reduced consumption in the last few years, but it remains to be seen whether this was because of actual behaviour change or the onset of the recession. Recycling is increasing but not enough to reduce total waste.
I'll address some aspects of this later, but there are 3 examples of issues that are not being discussed because carbon tax, cap-and-trade, and climate change, continue to be trumpeted 5 years since temperatures started cooling in the thin belt of Canada where the vast majority of the population lives.

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