Right now in Alberta, tar sands bitumen is spilling into the environment at four different sites, one directly underneath a lake. All four spills have been spilling for months and the Alberta and Canadian governments know all about it, they are just powerless to stop them.
To date over 1,528,996.71 litres of tar sands have been spilled onto the landscape near Cold Lake, Alberta and every day another estimated 3,000 litres pour out.
To help you keep track and to remind the Alberta government, and CNRL (Canadian National Resources Ltd – the company responsible for the spills) that their work is far from over we’ve come up with this handy Cold Lake tar sands spill counter: http://spill-widget.openwe.st/
This counter shows, based on the daily spill average, just how much tar sands has been and continues to spill into Alberta’s environment.
For more information see http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/Blog/tar-sands-spills-up-to-15289967...
Climate Change Requires Action NOW!
We need to take immediate effective action to mitigate climate change. The window of opportunity is closing very fast. Many projections show that we need to stabilize our emissions by 2015 and then reduce them to zero rapidly to reduce the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere below 350 ppm as recommended by most established climate scientists. At present the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is around 390 ppm. In pre-industrial times the level was around 280 ppm.
One of the most respected scientists who has been making this point is James Hansen, who heads the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Bill McKibben's organization 350.org has been promoting this target for several years.
ecoSanity is a Toronto-based organization which has been emphasizing the the critical nature of the climate crisis for some time.