The Great Barrier Reef is under big threat by the Australian government approved the construction of a new coal mine in central Queensland. Out of all the fossil fuels, coal is the most pollutant of all, releasing the most CO2 into the atmosphere. While the entire world is trying its best to rid itself of this plight, Australia aims to adding to it.
This new mine will also have a great negative impact on the Coral Barrier Reef. It was discovered that in the past three decades, the reef has lost half its marine life and coral cover. The new mine seriously undermines the remaining part of this unique miracle of nature.
In a statement earlier this week, Greenpeace Austrailia said: “Carmichael (the mine in question) would be a complete disaster for the climate and the Great Barrier Reef. The federal government and Environment Minister should be in the business of protecting the Reef and the climate, not giving mining companies licence to destroy them.”
Greg Hunt, Australia’s environment minister claims that somehow the government will be able to stop all the negative effects this mine will bring. “The rigorous conditions will protect threatened species and provide long-term benefits for the environment through the development of an offset package. These measures must be approved by myself before mining can start,” Hunt said.
“In the circumstances, the risks of this proposal are just too great to justify it, particularly in light of the dramatically reduced economic benefits and very questionable viability of it,” lawyer Saul Holt said back in May.