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 deicision-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 presents twelve key indicators of the state of British Columbia's environment. Each indicator provides a picture of the status or trends for one issue. When viewed together, these twelve 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.
Hooker, Gord. 1998. Environmental Trends in British Columbia
Keywords: solid waste, fine particulates, stratospheric ozone depletion, greenhouse gases, water quality, groundwater, species at risk, forest species, wildlife, fish, toxic contaminants
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