CANADA GETS VERY LOW ENVIRONMENTAL GRADE

Apr 21, 2016

By Michael Kramer

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau goes to the U.N. on Friday carrying plenty of baggage – as he joins some 150 countries in signing the Paris climate accord.

A new report from the Conference Board of Canada ranks Canada 14th among 16 peer countries – on the issue of environmental performance.

Only the U.S. and Australia have done worse.

The Conference Board awarded Canada a “D” – based on nine indicators that include air pollution, climate change, and the management of freshwater.

But Canada did get an “A” for low-emitting electricity generation.

Almost 80 per cent of our electricity is generated from sources such as nuclear and hydro power – which ranks Canada behind only Norway, Switzerland, France and Sweden.

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