This week on Terra Informa we cover a breadth of topics in addition to your weekly eco news headlines. Ellis Agbenyeg takes a look at temporary foreign workers in the Alberta tar sands, Brett Tegart provides some insight into new bio cremation processes and Marcus Peterson takes us on a tour of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland.
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Temporary Foreign Workers
Terra Informa’s CSL intern Ellis Agbenyeg takes a look at the environmental and social justice aspects of temporary foreign workers in Alberta’s oil industry
Its known as the last bonfire. Over half of Canadians these days choose to be cremated rather than buried, but of late the process has come under fire. Cremation consumes huge amounts of electricity and produces about 400 kilograms of carbon dioxide for each cremation. But new processes which Terra Informa correspondent Brett Tegart investigates, are changing how people are looking at death.
Tour of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland
Most people associate tar sands impacts with fort McMurray or fort Chipewyan, but in reality the destruction continues right into Edmonton’s back yard. The industrial heartland located just NE of Edmonton is 300 km square in size and includes 5 regions. For many residents the areas is quickly becoming known as cancer alley due to the levels of pollution and increase in development. Terra Informa corespondent Marcus Peterson bring us a first hand account of a tour put on by residents and environmental groups of this less known area of tar sands infrastructure.
Pembina Institute’s new report, Upgrader Alley, provides the first in-depth look at the environmental impacts of upgrading oil sands bitumen in the Edmonton region.