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Canada gets a 'C' grade on environmental performance


Poor throwaway habits sets Canada behind in environmental performance
Poor throwaway habits sets Canada behind in environmental performance

Staff writers

January 17, 2013 — Canada receives a 'C' grade and ranks 15th out of 17 peer countries for environmental performance.

Canadians use more than nine times the water per capita that Denmark does
Canadians use more than nine times the water per capita that Denmark does

How Canada Performs is a multi-year research program at the Conference Board of Canada. 

The website provides a "report card" on Canada, which helps to assess the country's quality of life in comparison to its peer countries. 

In a recent ranking, Canada came in 15th, only ahead of Australia and the United States, for environmental performance.

The top three performers are France, Norway and Sweden. 

Research shows that Canada throws away more garbage per capita than any other country in the developed world. Heavy water and energy usage also contributed to the "C" grade that was given.

Positive results from the ranking are well protected and managed forests
Positive results from the ranking are well protected and managed forests

"Our large land mass, cold climate and resource-intensive economy make us less likely to rank highly on some indicators of environmental sustainability, but many of our poor results are based on our inefficient use of our resources," Len Coad, Director of Energy, Environment and Technology Policy said in a press release Thursday. "Canada must promote economic growth without further degrading the environment. Encouraging more sustainable consumption is crucial to achieve that objective."

Experts say over consumption is one of the biggest factors for Canada's dismal results. 

Canada has shown some excellent environmental progression however, with improved air quality, an increase in growth of forest resources and reduced energy intensity per person.

The How Canada Performs website also presents data and analysis on Canada's performance in economy, innovation, education and skills, health, and society.

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