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These challenges are exacerbated by sparse data over short time series, which inhibit our ability to predict future hazard conditions (NRTEE, 2009; Strzelecki, 2011).
The Canadian experience, similar to that of other federations, should dissipate the fears expressed by the NRTEE and show to the contrary that federalism is an asset in combating pollution and protecting the environment.
NRTEE (National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy), (1997) "Measuring Eco-Efficiency in Business", available at: www.nrtee-trnee.can (accessed 22 December 2008).
NRTEE (2008), Getting to 2050: Canada's Transition to a Low-Emission Future, January, Ottawa.
(52) For example, the articles by Rolfe and Castrilli, supra note 51, were background papers prepared in 1998 for the NRTEE (and aimed at a non-legal audience); they provide fairly brief summaries of Kyoto-related constitutional issues.
Public agencies in Canada (NRTEE, 1997; 2003) and the United States (EPA, 2003) have tended to emphasise instrumental questions such as public health outcomes and community development, and technical issues such as soil remediation (Benazon, 1995), financing, and liability (CMHC, 1997).
Socio-economic revitalization of urban areas and the management of environmental risk are the primary reasons for the rising interest in brownfields redevelopment, often contextualized under the rubrics of Sustainable Development and Smart Growth (European Commission 1996; NRTEE 1998; Bjelland 2004).
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting is no longer a niche practice, and if the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) has enough weight behind it, the federal government might soon adopt sustainability measures in its budget announcements.
For one thing, NRTEE has already found it has bitten off more than its 24 members can chew.
As the Canadian National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy observes "it is only by working together--as governments, industries, communities, Aboriginal peoples and others--that we can secure our natural capital for our own and the world's benefit" (NRTEE 2003, 95).
Serena Boutros, an economist with Natural Resources Canada, reviews the history of the National Round Table on Environment and the Economy (NRTEE).
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