Statistical measures of human well-being presented in the form of economic and social trends, have long been used as powerful tools for gauging the status of economic and social systems. Indicators such as gross domestic product, unemployment rates and the consumer price index are routinely used by decision-makers in government, industry, small business and communities to shape policies and redirect resources. Less pervasive, but equally important, are indicators of ecosystem or environmental well-being.
Environmental Trends in British Columbia, 2000 is the second environmental indicators report released by the British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. This report presents fifteen key indicators on the state of British Columbia's environment. There are four new indicators: Green Economy; Water Use; Forest Riparian Ecosystems; and Global Climate Change. The other eleven provide updates of information presented in Environmental Trends in British Columbia, 1998. Each indicator provide a picture of the status or trends for one issue. When viewed together, these fifteen indicators provide: an overview of the condition of British Columbia's environment; important links between seemingly disparate issues; and a picture of the way in which British Columbians are collectively responding to environmental challenges.
Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. 2000. Environmental Trends in British Columbia 2000. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks
Keywords: green economy, protected areas, domestic waste, air quality impacts of fine particulates, fine particulates, greenhouse gases, global climate change, surface water, groundwater, water use, species at risk, forest species, wildlife, fish
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