New report looks at the state of the North American environment

Jun 19, 2008

14 key issues reviewed to identify challenges and opportunities for environmental cooperation in the NAFTA nations
In its latest state of the environment report the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) examines environmental issues facing the NAFTA partners.

The report addresses issues related to air and water, biodiversity and ecosystems, and pollution. Specific topics include climate change, species of concern—including the critically endangered vaquita porpoise—and the quality and quantity of water shared between the North American nations.

Cover of The North American Mosaic
Caption: The North American Mosaic: An Overview of Key Environmental Issues addresses environmental issues related to air and water, biodiversity and ecosystems, and pollution. Credit: CEC

The North American Mosaic: An Overview of Key Environmental Issues is a follow-up to the CEC's 2002 state of the environment report and responds to the CEC Secretariat's obligation to periodically address environmental conditions in Canada, Mexico and the United States. With the advice of environmental reporting experts from the three countries, the report draws on information from national and international sources for a broad overview of North America's environment.

This report was presented to the environment ministers of Canada, Mexico and the United States in advance of their annual meeting, to be held in Ottawa, Canada, on 26 June.

"Over the next year, we will use this report, along with other important information, to engage the public, subject matter experts and governments in evaluating our progress to date and future opportunities for cooperation," said CEC Executive Director Adrían Vázquez-Gálvez.

"It will help us identify the central environmental challenges confronting North America, as well as the top priorities for cooperative action among the three countries to address these environmental challenges."

Source: Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Explore further: Greener industry if environmental authorities change strategy

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Turtle extinction event bodes ill for our waterways

Mar 25, 2015

A number of distressed and dead turtles were found by canoeists in the Bellinger River on the north coast of New South Wales on Wednesday February 18 this year. At that time, it was reported by NSW Natio ...

Tiger meat, bear paws openly available in Laos: NGO

Mar 19, 2015

A resort complex in northwest Laos targeting Chinese visitors has become a "lawless playground" for the trade in illegal wildlife ranging from tiger meat to bear paws, an advocacy group said Thursday.

Ag-tech startup helps farmers analyze water use

Mar 18, 2015

Water usage may be California's No. 1 topic in 2015—and last year and the one before that. As the state enters its fourth year of drought, everyone is seeking new options for monitoring and usage of this ...

Scientist investigates changing sea levels

Mar 17, 2015

The sea level has been rising by an average of 3.1 millimetres a year since 1993. Long-term measurements recorded since the start of the 20th century indicate an acceleration in the averaged sea level change. Coastal flooding ...

Recommended for you

Climate fund signs up first partners

5 hours ago

The global fund created to spearhead climate change financing has selected its first partners to channel funds to developing countries, but says it needs donor nations to move fast in transforming cash pledges ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.