Two months after it was stripped of its approval after a federal court challenge, Australia’s most controversial coal mine has been given the green light again. Conservationists had argued that the mine will endanger the Great Barrier Reef.
The controversial coal mine project in Australia's Queensland state is looking more likely to become a reality later this year. But it remains plagued by legal hurdles, environmental issues and fierce public opposition.
Thousands of Australians, including farmers on horseback, have marched through Sydney, calling for an end to coal mining and a focus on renewable energy. The rally participants say mining projects damage productive land.
The Great Barrier Reef is worth 12 times more than the Sydney Opera House, at least according to a report commissioned by a charity protecting the natural wonder, hit by severe coral bleaching in recent years.
In some parts of Australia's much-loved reef, 70 percent of the coral has been killed by bleaching. Australia is pledging vast amounts of money to mitigate the loss and stop a UNESCO downgrade of its status.
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