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New Study Shows Major Air Pollution from Tar Sands Mining via @350

New Study Shows Major Air Pollution from Tar Sands Mining via @350

Tar Sands mining in Alberta, Canada creates as much air pollution as a large power plant or a medium-sized city, according to new research published in Geophysical Research Letters. Scientists used satellites to measure nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide emitted from the industry and found high levels of both gasses, despite the industry's claims that they are making great strides in reducing the pollution associated with tar sands development. "For both gasses, the levels are comparable to what satellites see over a large power plant - or for nitrogen dioxide, comparable to what they see over some medium-sized cities," said Chris McLinden, a research scientist with Environment Canada, the country's environmental agency. "It stands out above what's around it, out in the wilderness, but one thing we wanted to try to do was put it in context." Previous research by Environme...

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