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Federal and provincial environment and energy ministers approved a draft national action plan to be presented at the first meeting of the Conference of Parties to the climate convention in Berlin. (See REPORTS/CANADA.) The program relies mainly on voluntary approaches to stabilizing greenhouse gas emissions at 1990 levels by the year 2000, the commitment made by Canada at the 1992 Earth Summit. The plan also employs joint implementation projects. Recent information supplied to the environment and energy ministers shows that Canada's emissions will be 13 percent higher than 1990 levels if no further actions (beyond those in the plan) are taken. (See Intl. Environ. Rptr., pp. 179-180, Mar. 8; Global Environ. Change Rep., pp. 3-4, Feb. 24.)

The Alliance for Responsible Environmental Alternatives (AREA) was created in Canada last October to encourage a balance between environmental and economic considerations as Canada formulates its federal actions on climate change. Members are mainly energy-related industries, but also include municipalities, legal firms and chambers of commerce. The group recently issued a paper describing its approach to climate policy. (See REPORTS/CANADA.)

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