The Canadian Press is reporting that Quebec’s Environment Minister Benoit Charette made the announcement on Monday at the COP15 Youth Summit, taking place along side the UN Biodiversity Conference which opens Tuesday December 6th in Montreal.
The Quebec government is updating its list of threatened or vulnerable species for the first time in more than a decade, with 27 species either added or deemed in greater danger.
Among the 16 species being upgraded to threatened are the western chorus frog, the little brown bat and the rusty-patched bumblebee.
Another 11 species are being labelled as vulnerable including the two-spotted ladybug, the fin whale, the water snake and the bobolink, a songbird.
Canadian farmers reported producing more wheat, canola, barley, corn for grain, soybeans, and oats in 2022 compared with 2021. Higher production was largely driven by better yields, especially in western Canada where growing conditions were generally more favourable than in 2021.
The total number of road motor vehicles registered in Canada increased to 26.2 million in 2021, up 1.9% compared with 2020.
At 24.1 million, light-duty vehicles (LDV) accounted for 9 out of every 10 motor vehicles registered in 2021, with passenger cars remaining the most common type.
While there are more electric vehicles being registered across the country, British Columbia and Quebec lead the way.
Canadians’ heightened focus on clean energy is reflected in the type of fuel used by vehicles. While 94.9% of all registered light-duty vehicles remained motor gasoline in 2021, there were 303,073 hybrid electric vehicles as well as 152,685 battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and 95,896 plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs) registered. All three of these categories grew sharply from 2020 to 2021, with notable increases for PHEVs (+24.4%) and BEVs (+48.1%).
Up to 34,000 people die prematurely in Canada each year due to fossil fuel air pollution, according to a study done by Harvard. Most of those deaths would have been from cardiovascular and respiratory disease, as well as cancer, explained Lem.
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