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Mining & Industry

25 June, 2021

Environmentalists unhappy with coal find at Carmichael mine

The Mackay Conservation Group say there is nothing to celebrate in Adani uncovering coal at the Carmichael mine.

Conservationists are no friends of coal

The discovery has occurred in the same week that the Great Barrier Reef has been declared as in danger of losing its world heritage listing. 

The Reef’s biggest threat is climate change, with three mass bleaching events occurring over the past five years, said the group adding that  "Adani plans to eventually scale up its mine to dig 60 million tonnes of coal each year. That will add 4.6 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, two per cent of the carbon that can be emitted globally to have a better than even chance of keeping global heating below 1.5 degrees.

“This is not a moment for celebration. Future generations of Australians will be battling the serious impacts of climate change. They will look back on today as an abject failure of policy in the face of scientific evidence,” said Mackay Conservation Group campaigner Sunny Hungerford. 

“Where politicians have failed, the public is stepping up to the challenge. Across Australia and around the world people are putting pressure on investors in the Adani project.

“Any investor or contractor supporting Adani is supporting destruction of Wangan and Jagalingou land, Queensland's precious water resources, the Great Barrier Reef and endangered species such as the beautiful Black Throated Finch.

“More than 100 companies have withdrawn support for this project already. We will continue to pressure the remaining few corporations supporting Adani to pull out."

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