Montreal, 1 October 2014—
The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has released a comprehensive report
on the changing face of industrial pollution in North America, covering the years 2005 through 2010. This is the first time an edition of the CEC’s Taking Stock series
, which gathers data from pollutant release and transfer registers (PRTRs) in Canada, Mexico and the United States, has analyzed North American pollutant information over an extended timeframe.
Montreal, 30 September 2014—From Canada’s Arctic shores, to the Atlantic beaches of the US, and the mangrove forests that thrive along Mexico’s coastline, climate change is affecting North America’s coasts. These effects are being felt in our communities, in our economy, and in the environment.
Montreal, 29 September 2014—The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is pleased to invite you to participate in the public meeting of the North American Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) Project, to be held in Mexico City, Mexico, on 11-12 November 2014.
Montreal, 17 September 2014—
On 5 September 2014, the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) notified
the CEC Council that the preparation of a factual record is warranted in regard to submission SEM-13-001 (Tourism Development in the Gulf of California
Montreal, 22 August 2014—
The CEC invites you to save the date for a public meeting that will explore how government information on pollutant releases can support pollution prevention within North American industry. Industrial facilities in North America regularly report their releases (e.g., to air, water and land) and transfers (e.g., to recycling) to North America’s Pollutant Release and Transfer Registries (PRTRs): Canada’s National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI),
Mexico's Registro de Emisiones y Transferencia de Contaminantes
(RETC), and the United States' Toxics Release Inventory (TRI).
Montreal, 7 August 2014—On 29 July 2014, the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) issued a notification in regard to submission SEM-10-002 (Alberta Tailings Ponds), recommending to the Council of the CEC that a factual record is warranted.
Twenty-first Regular Session of the CEC Council
Montreal, 16 July 2014—This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North America.
Montreal, 10 July 2014—The Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has authorized to make public the Coal-fired Power Plants factual record via Council Resolution 14-07, and instructed the Secretariat to develop factual records concerning the Sumidero Canyon II and Wetlands in Manzanillo submissions through Council Resolution 14-05 and Council Resolution 14-06, respectively.
Montreal, 9 July 2014—Even if you can’t make it to Yellowknife, you can participate in this year’s Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) meeting and the 21st annual CEC Council Session by visiting www.cec.org/webcast on July 16 and 17, where all the action will be webcast live and where you can share your questions via Facebook, Twitter or email.
Montreal, 4 July 2014—On July 17th, join North America’s federal environmental ministers in person or online to discuss the importance and contribution of Traditional Ecological Knowledge to environmental decision making.
Montreal, 13 June 2014—On 5 June, the Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) decided by a vote of two-thirds majority in Council Resolution 14-04 to instruct the CEC Secretariat not to prepare a factual record concerning submission SEM-11-003 (Protection of Polar Bears), which was filed in December 2011 by the Center for Biological Diversity, a US-based nongovernmental organization.
Montreal, 3 June 2014—On July 16th, the CEC’s Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) will host a public forum to discuss transboundary natural resource management, with an emphasis on waters, climate, and the importance of Traditional Ecological Knowledge. This session will be interactive, broadcast live via the Web, and open to the public. To learn more about JPAC, visitwww.cec.org/jpac.
Montreal, 22 May 2014—The Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has, after reviewing the file, concluded that a factual record is warranted concerning the enforcement of fisheries pollution law around salmon farms in British Columbia.
Montreal, 7 May 2014—A new online tool is being launched today with nearly 100 beneficial management practices aimed at ranchers, conservation organizations, government and academic institutions in North America.
Montreal, 6 May 2014—Whether in a small Alaskan village where wood-burning in homes leads to poor indoor air quality, or an indigenous community in Chiapas without access to affordable sources of energy, barriers to building healthy, sustainable housing remain a major concern for a number of indigenous communities throughout much of North America.
Montreal, 23 April 2014—Today, the CEC released its Conservation Assessment for the Big Bend-Río Bravo Region: A Binational Collaborative Approach to Conservation, which identifies 29 priority conservation areas in a region straddling the United States-Mexico border that includes 11 different protected areas in the states of Texas, Coahuila, and Chihuahua. This region features unique, highly diverse arid and semi-arid habitats inhabited by rare and endangered plants and animals, and provides a vital migratory stopping point for many species of birds and animals on their journey across the continent.
Montreal, 10 April 2014—The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North America wants your photographic vision of our shared biodiversity.
Montreal, 4 April 2014—On 11 March 2014, the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) submitted to the CEC Council a final factual record on submission SEM-04-005 (Coal-fired Power Plants).
Montreal, 27 March 2014—On 17 July 2014, Canadian Minister of Environment Leona Aglukkaq will host this year’s Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Council Session, in the City of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the CEC and this Council Session will be the first to be held in subarctic North America.
Montreal, 24 March 2014—Barriers to building healthy, sustainable homes remain a major concern for a number of remote communities in North America, as well as many indigenous communities.
Montreal, 11 March 2014—
A new set of maps featured in the CEC’s North American Environmental Atlas
depicts land cover changes in North America’s forests, prairies, deserts and cities, using satellite images from 2005 and 2010. These changes can be attributed to forest fires, insect infestation, urban sprawl and other natural or human-caused events. Produced by the North American Land Change Monitoring System (NALCMS), a trinational collaborative effort facilitated by the CEC, these maps and accompanying data can be used to address issues such as climate change, carbon sequestration, biodiversity loss, and changes in ecosystem structure and function.
Montreal, 5 March 2014
—On 12 November 2013, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Secretariat requested a response to submission
SEM-13-001 (Tourism Development in the Gulf of California
) (PDF) from the Government of Mexico. On 24 February 2014, the Secretariat received the requested response
Montreal, 4 March 2014—
The Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), composed of the highest-level environmental authorities from Canada, Mexico, and the United States, today awarded $1.2 million in grants under CEC’s North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action
(NAPECA) program for 18 new projects that will support communities across North America in addressing environmental problems at the local level.