An audiovisual version of Donna Mergler’s presentation is now available online. To watch and hear it, click here.
The CEC would like to thank Minister Blanchet for coming to hear how a Quebec-based international organization is making an impact across North America
The CEC has released a series of outreach documents that present the facts and risks associated with agricultural waste burning and wood burning in the home, and how to reduce health risks.
CAC - carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, sulfur oxides and volatile organic compounds-are a group of chemicals associated with environmental effects such as smog, acid rain and regional haze, and health effects such as respiratory illnesses. Major sources of CACs are the burning of fossil fuels, as well as natural resource extraction and a variety of manufacturing activities.
GHG - contribute to climate change by trapping heat within the earth's atmosphere. GHGs are the subject of the international Kyoto Protocol, which came into force in 2005. The major gases include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and three groups of fluorinated gases. Some of the main anthropogenic sources of GHGs are the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation and agricultural activities.
CAC are reported to Canada's NPRI and GHG are reported to Mexico's RETC, but these pollutants are not subject to US TRI reporting. However, there are other sources of information on emissions of these pollutants in all three countries:
Criteria Air Contaminants: