My eye caught a dark form lying on the river bottom. It took me a few moments to comprehend what I had stumbled upon. Lying peacefully in the shallow waters of the river, only a few meters from shore, was a full-grown cougar. The contrast between the serenity of the scene I was witnessing and what must have played out here in the cougar’s final moments made me shiver. It was the first shiver of many, as I stripped down and waded out into the icy water to get this shot. Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada
Photo credit: Ryan Peruniak
that is chilling.
Forests in Alberta, Canada are being replaced by tar sands and refineries
When Mitt Romney cheerily told America that he loves oil, and when Obama was complicit in ignoring climate change during all of the presidential debates, this is what the candidates were ignoring. The Albertan boreal forest above had the misfortune of growing atop a tar sand. It has thus been eliminated in order for the land to be dug up and pumped with chemical-laden water to sluice up the tar, leaving vast amounts of contaminated waste water.
While you’re watching coverage of Hurricane Sandy, and reflecting on what a sincere tragedy it has been, remember that climate disasters are constantly happening, slowly and out of sight, and on a much larger scale than any one storm.
~*♥ Big Oil & Capitalism > The Environment ♥*~
Oil pipeline in Alberta Canada busts a nut. Company not even aware of the leak until locals called to complain. Red Deer, Alberta, Canada river watershed polluted.
Dirty details from Canadian Press. Photo: Common Ground Magazine.
Update: Story broke yesterday. Seems the photo is older.
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The Canadian Tar Sand Mines Refused Us Access, So We Rented This Plane To See What They Were Up To @ Business Insider Photo Gallery (73 pics)
I encourage everyone to look at the 73 photos.
Crowsnest Mountain, Alberta