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Australia buoys coal, approves new project despite climate change warnings

September 16, 2021

Australia on Thursday approved a controversial coal mine extension, doubling down on a commitment to continue extracting fossil fuels despite growing pressure to cut carbon emissions.

Environment Minister Sussan Ley green-lighted Whitehaven Coal’s Vickery mine extension near Sydney, just a week after the pro-coal conservative government said global demand was rising and vowed to keep mining coal for export.

It comes ahead of the United Nations COP26 climate conference in Glasgow in November, and as world leaders urge Australia to step up climate action and commit to a target for reaching net-zero emissions.

More: Australia approves new coal project as climate warnings grow

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