14 Jul '12, 12am

Oil Sands Moving Caribou Out Of Their Boreal Habitat | Care2 Causes

Oil Sands Moving Caribou Out Of Their Boreal Habitat | Care2 Causes

The Boreal forest is very important in the world’s ecosystem. The forest stretches over 3,000 miles and is home to trees and wetlands that moderate our climate and purify the world’s air. According to the Canadian Boreal Initiative, it is one of the world’s largest intact forest ecosystems . It is the home of thousands of species of animal and insects, but one may be losing its habitat — the caribou. The caribou or reindeer has already seen subspecies go extinct. A memo was sent to Canada’s environment minister Peter Kent telling him that there is an elevated risk of the caribou disappearing after losing its home in the regions of the Boreal that surrounds oil sands developments in Alberta. Developers were meant to restore the habitat but the memo, signed by a deputy minister in the department, indicates that it could take decades to restore the area. By the time it happen...

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