Field Notes From A World on the EdgeBook - 2015
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"... for every barrel of [tar sands] oil, 2.6 barrels of water [are] withdrawn from the Athabasca River. ... With oil sands production expected to triple by 2030, the amount of water being diverted from the Athabasca [River] could be as high as 30 percent of its natural flow. Some energy industry economists are already suggesting that the oil sands could face water shortages by then (p. 33)."
"The chief problem now is climate change which is rapidly melting sea ice. Without sea ice ... many [polar] bears will not be able to use it as a feeding platform to hunt ... ringed seals. As a consequence, polar bears will be forced to spend more time fasting on land where they pose a greater risk to human populations in the Arctic (p. 98). ... a landmark U.S. Geological Survey report in 2008 [predicts] that two-thirds of the world's polar bears ... will disappear by mid-century ... (p. 92)."
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