North America includes the United States and Canada, two of the world's most modern and wealthiest countries.
Together, the United States and Canada account for 14% of the world's land, covering 18.8 million square miles.Canada and the US happen to be tremendously rich in natural resources. Vast supplies of resources of all types have contributed heavily to economic growth in the region.
Economic growth, industrialization, and major production of goods have all meant that North America is a leading contributor to waste and pollution. Now, however, the area is working towards limiting degradation of the environment.
In both Canada and the United States, a great deal of public attention has turned towards the environment. Many environmental organizations have
sprung up and have educated people about the possible dangers of current ways.
The governments of these nations have also taken a strong interest in the environment. For many years the United States wrote environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act, and the two nations restricted pollution and other harmful processes.
Now, the countries are beginning to work together to save the environment. When NAFTA came into force in 1994, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was established.
The CEC works on environmental conservation, protecting human health and the environment, trade, and economy, enforcement co-operation and environmental law, and information and public outreach.
North America - Biodiversity Issues
North America - Causes
North America - Major Forest Problems
North America - Major Land Problems
North America - Major Water Problems
North America - Marine Environments
North America - National Projects
North America - Regional Projects