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Terrance Berg is the president and CEO of Arctic Front, a Nunavut-based nonprofit coalition representing the interests of Canada's polar bears at the provincial and federal levels.

Berg's lobbying efforts resulted in the 2006 closure of the municipal dump in Churchill, Manitoba, and he has since worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the Oil Sands projects of Northern Alberta—Canada's single largest source of greenhouse-gas emissions, and the greatest domestic threat to his species.

Berg holds a graduate degree in prey stalking from northern Quebec's Kangiqsualujjuaq University, with a specialty in ringed seal and an honourable mention in walrus. He holds the title of Apex Predador, Global Circumpolar Region, and won a gold medal in the endurance swimming event (50km+ category) at the 2007 Marine Mammal Games in Pangnirtung.

He lives on Ellesmere Island, Nunavut. He has sired numerous cubs over the years, and has yet to eat a single one.

Top 10 Facts About the Alberta Oil Sands

We started a short and sweet resource page on the environmental impacts of the Canada Oil Sands operation. If you would like to add a link to further resources drop us a line at: desmogblog [at] gmail [dot] com or leave it in the comment section below.

Hundreds of Migratory Ducks Trapped on Toxic Oil Sands Pond

If the fact that the Alberta Oil Sands are the largest point source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada isn't enough to get you to stand up and take notice, maybe the ducks trapped and dying in the toxic tailing ponds will.

The oil sands are licensed to use more fresh water in a year than the entire City of Calgary (about the same size as Austin, Texas) and 90% of that fresh water ends up in massive tailing ponds, so large that that they are considered one of the largest human-made structures in the world.

The Enduring Myth of Carbon Storage

Nearly two-thirds of Albertans believe that oil-sands developers are capturing some or all of their carbon emissions and storing them safely underground. In fact, every heat-trapping gram coming out of the oil patch today heads for the sky.

How come so many are so misinformed?

Maybe it's because the song they're playing is the one we really want to hear.

Petro Firms Seek Partial Oil-Sands Moratorium

Apparently we polar bears aren't the only ones asking the Alberta government to “press pause” on breakneck oil-sands development. Even some oil companies believe that certain areas should be spared the teeth of their power shovels, a Globe and Mail report reveals.

Report: Alberta Oil Sands Most Destructive Project on Earth

Environmental Defence has released a report calling the Alberta Oil Sands the most destructive project on Earth.

Few Canadians know that Canada is home to one of the world's largest dams and it is built to hold toxic waste from just one Tar Sands operation,” Rick Smith, the executive director of Environmental Defence.

And according to the report this is just the beginning. Approvals have already been given that will double the size of existing operations and Canada's leaders have been talking with the US government to grow oil sands operations in a “short time span.”

Polling the Politicians On Alberta Oil Sands

Looks like the tables have been turned on political hopefuls in Alberta. Instead of them polling us, for once the politicians are being polled on their views of the Alberta oil sands development.

Launched by the Pembina Institute, the 5 minute online poll has been sent to all the candidates running in the current Alberta provincial election.

New report: Alberta Tar Sand Companies Undermining Our Environment

A survey released today by the Alberta-based Pembina Institute and the World Wildlife Fund finds that companies involved in the development of the Alberta tar sands are seriously lacking when it comes to protecting our environment.

Tar sand companies were invited to respond to a survey based on 20 different environmental indicators in five categories: environmental management, land impacts, air pollution, water use and management of greenhouse gases.

The results are embarrassing and Canadians should be outraged that so much profit is being made with so little concern for the impact it's having on our environment.