10 Jan '12, 8pm

How Tar Sands Will Devastate Agriculture, Increase Hunger in Africa

How Tar Sands Will Devastate Agriculture, Increase Hunger in Africa

Center for Global Development /Screen capture An eye-opening study released in October and spotted last week by 350.org shows the effects that full development of Canada's tar sands would have on global food production, and the forecast isn't good particularly for regions already vulnerable to climate change, such as Africa. David Wheeler at the Center for Global Development put together an analysis assuming that the entire deposit will be mined and the extracted crude oil burned by 2100, which he calculated would release 209 gigatons of carbon into the atmosphere—and, in turn, raising the atmospheric CO2 concentration by 99 parts per million. (Remember why 350.org exists: because 350 ppm is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere, according to scientists. And, uh, 99 is a pretty significant percentage of 350.) Using those calculations to project losses in agricultu...

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