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Accidents Happen

Two recent accidents in the resource extraction industry show conclusively that no matter what preventative measures are in place, two things are guarantees: First, accidents happen. Second, it is the ecosystems and communities downstream that suffer.
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UNESCO Moves to Investigate Threats to Wood Buffalo National Park

UNESCO has responded positively to Mikisew Cree First Nation's petition to list Canada's emerald jewel, Wood Buffalo National Park, as in danger. In Germany on Wednesday, UNESCO agreed to launch a Reactive Monitoring Mission in order to ascertain whether "effective and active measures are taken for its protection, conservation and presentation." Mikisew claims that the park is threatened on all sides: Uranium abandonment in the east, oil sands development in the south, hydro dam construction in the west, and a gutting of environmental legislation by the federal government in the past decade.
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