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STUDY: Tar Sands Emit More Carbon Than Previously Estimated

Environment  (tags: tar sands, ecosystems, US, Canada, environment, world, nature, conservation, habitat, pollution, protection, politics, healthconditions, wildlife, research )

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Now, a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has found an additional source of carbon that has been unaccounted for: peatlands

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Wioletta S (69)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 1:38 am
Scientists, you should finally begin to use electric cars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 2:20 am

wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 3:17 am
electric cars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -- 'cause they run on fairy dust, right?
peatlands ... well, un/fortunately we in EUrope do not have THIS problem: peatlands are an extinct species of landscape here.
TarSandsCannibalizing = addicts killing their mother to get their next fix, and a fix they well know is dirtier than any they shot up before; but what does an addict care, except for the next fix ?

wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 3:19 am
PS: "Than Previously Estimated"??
...those that did these "previous estimates" must be thick as a brick if they did not account for the destructuon of the landscape, whether boreal forest or peatland

Carol H (229)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 5:01 am
noted, thanks Cal

Cheryl B (64)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 5:44 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 6:15 am
Interesting information.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 6:27 am
Thanks for the post.

Elle B (84)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 10:18 am
Thank-you Tom, for the important article. Add it to the list of things the Alberta Oil Industry doesn't like to talk about like the 5,000+ spills since the 1970's. "Alberta’s pipelines are particularly prone to leak. A 2011 report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) noted that Alberta has suffered 218 spills greater than 100 litres per 10,000 miles of pipeline caused by internal corrosion from 2002 to 2010, compared to the rate of 13.6 spills greater than 100 litres per 10,000 miles of pipeline from internal corrosion reported in the United States."

"Tar sands crude is proven to be more acidic and sulphuric than conventional crude oil and contains 15-20 times higher acid concentrations. The additional sulphur in tar sands crude weakens and embrittles pipelines."

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 10:53 am
an ounce of prevention, its time to wake up
silence is acceptance
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love

Ellen m (215)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 11:50 am
It just keeps getting worse, doesn't it?
When i went to the candlelight vigil against the XL at the Canadian Embassy last week, nobody came and talked to us...In fact i saw lights being turned off in the building, and unless they have about 20 janitors, i think that told us all we needed to hear. 1love

Paul Burke (317)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 12:40 pm
I know, I know - lets turn our planet into a toxic waste land - what a great idea!

David C (133)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 12:44 pm
not surprised.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 1:38 pm
So it is even worse than we said!

Bonnie B (103)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 1:45 pm
Thanks, Cal! Noted and shared!

JL A (281)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 1:56 pm
The better the information, the worse the choice apparently.

ewoud k (68)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 2:40 pm
Rising oil prices will lead to exploitation of oil fields -conventional, shale or sand- previously considered too expensive to exploit, or too dirty/polluting.

This article just confirms this.

Thanks for posting Cal - even if it will not help preventing exploitation. But at least now we no longer can say we didn't know......

Tuesday March 13, 2012, 3:40 pm

Charlene Rush (79)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 4:09 pm
Tell me, what rational, intelligentl person is surprised with this study?

It's a cycle!!!
The conservatives deny climate change for one reason, and one reason only.
In order to accept the destructive evidence, the next step is to do something about it.
In order to do something about it, you have to attack Big Business.
In order to attack Big Business, you can't be a conservative.
So.......DENY, DENY, DENY.

Charlene Rush (79)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 4:14 pm
When these leaks occur, which is more than probably, where do people think the oil goes?
It sinks into the land and destroys everything, with which it comes in contact.

At the risk of repitition: May all those who vote 'YES' for this pipeline, be forced to live adjacent to its construction. Your land should become devalued, as will those who currently own land over which it travels.

Nelson Baker (0)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 4:58 pm
The greed of oil companies and their corrupt political companions know no bounds.

Susan S (187)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 7:36 pm
Thanks for posting. I highly recommend a new documentary "Peace Out" which discusses energy alternatives for the future, and does a deep anaylsis of hydroelectric, nuclear and oil/gas energy with a lot of input from 'experts' in this field. It is a MUST SEE.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 7:57 pm
This planet and precious Life can not stand another iota of human interference.

Gary C (5)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 9:51 pm
Noted , Thankyou...

Mary T (178)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 9:58 pm
The major problem in the world are the results of the difference between how nature works and the way some people think, Thanks Cal.

Susanne R (234)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 10:57 pm
STUDY: Tar Sands Emit More Carbon Than Previously Estimated

And his enemies are criticizing President Obama for not giving TransCanada the go-ahead to build the Keystone XL pipeline? I love Canada, but I resent that TransCanada is pushing for their dirty and dangerous pipeline to be built across the full length of our country and endanger the health of our citizens, wildlife and environment.

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Wednesday March 14, 2012, 9:32 am
The devastation of the landscape is incredible. This is just the damage that we can see. Many of the toxic effects won't even be known for years. And wow, thank you Elle B. for that information about the deterioration of the pipelines. I learn as much from the comments as I do from the articles.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 3:24 pm
Scary but not surprising.
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