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Future Energy – UCL ISR


Perspectives on low-carbon future energy systems and sustainable development


Are oil sands incompatible with action on climate change?

Christophe EMcGlade16 April 2015

Oil sands Alberta, Canada. Source: istockphotoby Dr Christophe McGlade and Prof Paul Ekins, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources

Shortly after our study on unused fossil fuels was published in Nature[1], Andrew Leach, an acknowledged expert in Canadian oil sands, wrote a piece scrutinising some of our conclusions. We were grateful for Andrew’s comments, which he said could be summarised as ‘plenty of good, a lot of bad, and some ugly’. (more…)