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 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.
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.
Indian mining giant Adani is set to go ahead with a massive coal mine in northeastern Australia. Environmental activists have warned of the danger to the Great Barrier Reef, calling it a "disaster for the climate."
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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