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Australia Queensland teenagers lodge legal action against Adani coal mine to save Great Barrier Reef

02:20  22 october  2020
02:20  22 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Anti - Adani coal mine protesters are seen in King George Square in Brisbane on June 7. Picture Uni Students for Climate Justice and Movement Against Destruction unveiled plans to stage a mass Damage to the Great Barrier Reef : The project will allow 500 more coal ships to travel through the

“If Adani opens up the coal in the Galilee Basin, it’s undeniable that these events will become more frequent and more The Federal Court last week dismissed two legal bids to stop it going ahead, from traditional The Stop Adani group will hold a national day of action against the project on October 7.

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Claire Galvin grew up in Cairns and fell in love with the Great Barrier Reef.

"I spent my life snorkelling the reef," the 19-year-old says.

"Every time we go out to the reef it's absolutely stunning."

She's worried that burning coal from Adani's Carmichael mine, and the new coal region it's opening up in Queensland, will threaten the reef's survival.

"The impacts of the carbon emissions will devastate the reef and we don't want that to happen," she said.

Today, Ms Galvin and north Queensland year 12 student Brooklyn O'Hearn are launching a last-ditch attempt to challenge the approval of Adani's Carmichael mine and railway project.

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A law firm acting for them has written to Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley calling for a revocation of the environmental approvals given to Adani's venture.

A spokesperson for Ms Ley confirmed the minister's office had received the correspondence and said the minister would consider it in due course.

The letter has argued the previous minister, Greg Hunt, failed to properly assess the implications for climate change and the reef when he approved the venture in 2015 — relying on reports from experts working under strict court rules that require them to give impartial evidence.

"The robust independent scientific evidence" being presented to Ms Ley shows the project "will have a significant impact on the Great Barrier Reef that was not identified in the assessment" according to Ariane Wilkinson of the law firm Environmental Justice Australia.

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To mine any land under a native title claim, a miner needs an Indigenous land use agreement, essentially Adani has a ILUA over the land: five of the 12 native claimants have opposed it, but have lost “Adrian Burragubba has taken numerous legal actions against the Carmichael project and the

" Coal mining is the number one danger to coral reefs now in the whole world," Dr Veron said. "They've taken out something like half of all the corals, half the coral colonies of the Great Barrier Pre-construction works for Adani 's Carmichael coal mine , in Queensland 's Galilee Basin, will start in

When he gave it the go-ahead back in 2015, Mr Hunt said he could not form a "robust conclusion" about whether the Adani mine would contribute to global warming and further endanger the Great Barrier Reef, partly because it could not be known whether its output would merely replace coal currently provided by other suppliers.

This argument is plain wrong, according to Paul Burke, an economist at the Crawford School at Australian National University.

"The 'substitution effect' assumption that a large new coal mine will have no implications for emissions is highly implausible," he said.

"A new coal mine puts additional coal into the market, brings the price down and encourages coal use across the world."

In his export report, Associate Professor Burke concludes up to half of the coal from the Adani mine would add to, rather than supplant, supply from other mines and that it would also displace lower emissions energy sources such as gas and renewables.

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Environment groups say the mine in Queensland state would contribute to global warming and damage the Great Barrier Reef . "Stop Adani is an issues-based campaign, and the rest of the world sees the madness of building one of the world's largest coal mines particularly when Australia has

Although Adani's initial mine will be much smaller, it has approval to extract up to 60 million tonnes of coal a year, which would make it one of the largest mines in the world.

Analysts also believe the railway Adani is building to shift coal to the port will facilitate the development of the proposed China Stone and Hyde Corner projects nearby, with their substantial output further contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate scientist Bill Hare, who has provided an export report for the challenge, said he was "increasingly outraged at the failure of governments everywhere to consider the overall climate consequences of these kinds of actions".

Since Adani's venture was given environmental approval, the Great Barrier Reef has suffered a series of mass coral bleaching events caused by rising sea temperatures linked to global warming.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, even if the world achieves its goal under the Paris Agreement of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the world will still suffer a loss of 70 to 90 per cent of reef-building corals.

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The Queensland state government has approved three leases that will allow Indian company Adani to build an enormous coal mine in Australia. But the decision to grant the leases to the Carmichael mine has dismayed environmentalists who say it poses a risk to the Great Barrier Reef .

Last year, the Queensland Government launched legal action against Adani , alleging one of its companies illegally released Adani -owned Abbot Point Bulkcoal was given a temporary emission licence to release some sediment water at its central Queensland coal terminal during Cyclone Debbie.

If temperatures rise by 2 per cent or more above pre-industrial levels, the Great Barrier Reef would be destroyed with 99 per cent of corals being lost.

Professor Hare said burning all the coal approved for mining at Adani's Queensland site would alone use up 3.3 per cent of the world's remaining 'carbon budget' for limiting warming to 1.5C.

If the two nearby mines also go ahead, this would rise to almost 6 per cent.

"I think the only responsible thing for the Australian Government to do is to review the licenses for these projects and to stop them," he said.

In central Queensland communities that rely on coal mining jobs, there is extensive support for the Adani mine, but Ms Galvin points out that in the community she grew up on the reef, a World Heritage-listed natural wonder, drives the tourism and underpins the economy.

"Minister Ley has a choice," she says.

"She has a choice to be on the right side of history so that my generation and future generations can continue to enjoy the beautiful reef."

The reality is it's a long shot — but a teenager can dare to dream.


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