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Australia approves India-backed Adani mine despite fears for reef

Australian government approves plans to build one of the world's biggest coal mines despite conservationists' fears it threatens the Great Barrier ReefAustralia Thursday approved a controversial Indian-backed project to build one of the world’s biggest coal mines despite conservationists’ fears it threatens the Great Barrier Reef and vulnerable species while worsening global climate change. The Aus$16.5 billion (US$12.1 billion) project in Galilee Basin in Queensland state has attracted fierce criticism from environmentalists who say the development, which requires coal to be shipped to a port on the coast, risks the World Heritage-listed reef’s health and destroys local habitats. Critics have also warned that the mine — which they said could be as large as 28,000 hectares (69,000 acres) — would contribute to global warming, while supporters argue it would create thousands of jobs and boost regional infrastructure.

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