Canada third worst polluter
For once bronze is better than silver or gold, but it would be nice if we didn't medal at all.
OTTAWA -- Gas-guzzling vehicles are one of the key factors behind the notorious environmental record of Canadians who are among the highest per capita polluters in the world, according to figures released Tuesday by Statistics Canada.
Each Canadian produces an average of 23 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per year, trailing Americans, who create an average of 24.4 tonnes of emissions per year, and Australians, with an average of 27.7 tonnes of emissions per year, according to the federal statistical agency.
An average car produces about five tonnes of CO2 emissions in a year, according to the report, Human Activity and the Environment, released to coincide with Earth Day. It found that the production and the individual consumption of energy were the main sources of Canada's high per capita emissions.
Although some developing countries, such as India and China are among the biggest polluters over all, the per capita emissions of those countries are up to 20 times less than those in Canada.
The report also noted that such developed countries as the United Kingdom, France and Germany have per capita emissions that are about half of those produced by Canadians, who are increasing their pollution faster than any other industrialized country.