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Scientists band together to urge oil sands moratorium

A group of more than 100 scientists from around the world has published a consensus statement calling for a moratorium on any further development of Canada’s oil sands.

“Based on evidence raised across our many disciplines, we offer a unified voice calling for a moratorium on new oil sands projects,” the statement, published on 10 June, says. “No new oil sands or related infrastructure projects should proceed unless consistent with an implemented plan to rapidly reduce carbon pollution, safeguard biodiversity, protect human health and respect treaty rights.”

The statement lists 10 reasons for a moratorium, including the incompatibility of oil sands development with climate protection, the fact that such development slows down the shift towards clean energy, and the lack of adequate monitoring and enforcement.

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