Impact of pollution and climate change on Canadian society: Report

by / Tuesday, 06 June 2017 / Published in Sustainability

The International Institute for Sustainable Development issued a report quantifying the impact of pollution and climate change on Canadian society.  Highlights are:

  • Urban smog is responsible for 7,712 deaths in 2015.
  • Climate change related heat waves cost an estimated $1.6B in 2015.
  • The cost of extreme weather events from climate change could not be calculated due to insufficient ability to differentiate those costs from costs that would have occurred without climate change.
  • The overall cost of pollution to Canadians is greater than $10B/yr.  Pollutants that could not be measured would likely add another $10B/yr.


The full report and summary report can be found at

Scott Martin, P.Eng., CMVP

Scott is President and Owner at Efficiency Engineering. He has more than 25 years in the energy efficiency field and has been with EE since 1994.

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