North America

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In the three North American countries — Canada, Mexico, and the United States of America — environmental regulations have been in place for nearly half a century with some noteworthy successes, but significant stresses on ecosystems remain.  Enormous quantities of fertilizer and agricultural runoff are washed into North American watersheds every year, altering aquatic habitats and creating marine dead zones near the mouths of rivers.  Oil drilling and refining, chemical production, mining, and power generation continue to release large quantities of pollutants into the air, waterways, and soil to satisfy consumption.

The North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation(CEC) and its Enforcement Working Group facilitate collaboration among Canada, Mexico and the United States in protecting North America’s environment under the framework of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC).

 

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