This State of the Environment Report gives us a snapshot of British Columbia's environment and provides information on a number of environmental benchmarks or indicators which, like measures of economic performance, document current status and trends. This report can be used to make environmentally responsible choices - choices that will reduce or minimize the impact of human activities on ecosystems and promote long term sustainability of the environment.
This States of the Environment Report for British Columbia represents an important step. The public has become familiar with a regular accounting on the economy from government, and should expect, and receive, a similar accounting on the environment. Important first steps, however, should not be confused wtih definitive last words. While the following pages shed a great deal of light on environmental conditions in British Columbia, there is still much more to learn and document.
This report is the result of cooperative partnerships among many scientists, academics and government officials.
Ministry of Environment. 1993. State of the Environment Report for British Columbia
Keywords: global climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion, acidic deposition, air quality, water supply, water quality, contaminants in ecosystems, biological diversity and habitat protection, protected areas, fish, forests, agricultural land
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