A map of the Athabasca tar sands in Alberta, Canada
A map of the Athabasca tar sands in Alberta, Canada. The tar sands are the largest industrial project on the planet, and the world's most environmentally destructive. The oil is 3 times more carbon intensive than conventional oil supplies, a disaster for the climate. They are responsible for the second fastest rate of deforestation on the planet. Second only to the amazon Rainforest. They produce millions of litres of highly polluted water every day which leaches out into the Athabasca river and
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