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covering an area the size of england, the tar sands of alberta’s northern boreal forest are being extracted in a wasteful and desturctive process that uses more water in a day than a city of two million people (and returns and stores 90% of that water in contaminated tailings ponds so large they are visible from space), consumes enough natural gas to heat six million canadian homes, and generates more carbon dioxide emissions than all the cars in canada combined.

the tar sands pollute key waterways like the athabasca river with 11 million litres of toxic runoff every day and lace the air with dangerous toxins, poison communities with rare cancers and autoimmune diseases, destroy critical animal habitats, and carve up some of the country’s most pristine countryside.

photos (2,3,6,7,8,10) from stills of peter mettler’s documentary petropolis and (2,4,6,8) by garth lenz. for more information, see the nature of things with david suzuki documentary “tipping point

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