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The Alberta oil sands and climate

The claimed economic benefits of exploiting the vast Alberta oil-sand deposits need to be weighed against the need to limit global warming caused by carbon dioxide emissions.

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Figure 1: Central estimate of the potential for warming of the different fossil-fuel resources in Table 1.


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Swart, N., Weaver, A. The Alberta oil sands and climate. Nature Clim Change 2, 134–136 (2012).

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