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Tar Sands critically examines the frenzied development in the Canadian tar sands and the far-reaching implications for all of North America. Bitumen, the sticky stuff that ancients used to glue the Tower of Babel together, is the world’s most expensive…

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S’ il a jadis fallu l’énergie des esclaves pour labourer la terre, vêtir les empereurs et construire les villes, celle-ci a été remplacée par les énergies fossiles et le moteur à combustion. Les succès du mouvement abolitionniste au XIXe siècle sont d’ailleurs en…
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By the winner of the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award Ancient civilizations relied on shackled human muscle. It took the energy of slaves to plant crops, clothe emperors, and build cities. Nineteenth-century slaveholders viewed critics as hostilely as oil…

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Beginning in the late 1980s, a series of improbable bark beetle outbreaks unsettled iconic forests and communities across western North America. An insect the size of a rice kernel eventually killed more than 30 billion pine and spruce trees from Alaska to New…
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At Trickle Creek in northern Alberta, Wiebo Ludwig thought he’d buffered his tiny religious community from civilization, but in 1990 civilization came calling. A Calgary oil company proposed to drill directly in view of the farm’s communal dining room. Ludwig…

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Our health and habitat are being threatened by biological invaders moving at unprecedented speed. Avian flu and its potential to cause a human pandemic is only one example of a worldwide menace unwittingly unleashed by the forces of globalization. The combination…

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The fossil fuel industry and many environmental groups tout hydraulic fracturing - fracking” - as a panacea, with slick promises of energy independence, greenhouse gas reductions, and benefits to local economies. Yet the controversial technology, which blasts…

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En entrant dans l’ère du bitume dans les années 1990, le Canada a pris un virage pétrolier d’une capacité de destruction sans précédent. Les sables bitumineux de l’Alberta font partie des derniers gisements pétroliers de la planète et les multinationales avides…