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Massive dump trucks queue up to load with tar sand in front of a toxic wasteland. For McMurray, Canada.

Massive dump trucks queue up to load with tar sand in front of a toxic wasteland. For McMurray, Canada.

The tar sands are the largest industrial project on the planet, and the world's most environmentally destructive. The synthetic oil produced from them is up to five times more carbon intensive than conventional oil supplies, a disaster for the climate. They are responsible for the second fastest rate of deforestation on the planet. They produce millions of litres of highly toxic water every day which leaches out into the Athabasca river and has serious health impacts on First Nation peoples living downstream. The Canadian government who are making $billions out of taxing this environmental crime do not like the world to know what is going on. The whole time I was in the tar sands I was followed by security guards, and threatened with arrest by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

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