Canada’s eastern Rockies risk becoming a carbon bomb

By Natasha Bulowski
Canada’s National Observer
May 16, 2023
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Oil, gas and coal extraction projects located in Canadian protected areas could unleash a potential 2.7 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, a global analysis found. Alberta’s iconic coal-bearing Rocky Mountains are among the nearly 800 protected areas under threat of fossil fuel development worldwide, according to the analysis by LINGO (Leave It In the Ground Initiative). …The research was done in collaboration with Oil Change International. Released May 10, the analysis maps fossil fuel activities within the world’s protected areas and quantifies the risks these oil, gas and coal projects pose. …The analysis identified Willmore Wilderness Park, located in the eastern Rockies near Jasper National Park in Alberta, as one of the areas with the highest potential emissions. …Coal mining in the eastern Rockies has been a hot topic since 2020.

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