Canada.com - March 13th
A University of Alberta study shows the oilsands region could be drier and more susceptible to forest fires in future, if naturally occurring northeastern Alberta wetlands are not reclaimed.
A joint study by biological scientists Rebecca Rooney, Suzanne Bayley and David Schindler and published online shows the pitfalls of failing to rehabilitate land mined for bitumen to its original state.
Specifically, the article published in an upcoming edition of PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America) shows an overall decrease in wetlands in northeastern Alberta, more uplands forest in place of peatlands, and more deep water and freshwater habitat replacing what was once bog. ... Click here to read more.