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Teenagers launch legal battle to block Adani’s Carmichael coal mine

The Saturday Paper ($):

This week, Brooklyn O’Hearn, 17, will sit her year 12 exams in her home town of Townsville, just days after launching a legal request with her friend Claire Galvin, 19, to Environment Minister Sussan Ley to revoke federal approval for Adani’s controversial Carmichael coalmine.

Flanked by climate lawyer Ariane Wilkinson, the pair is armed with a dossier of expert evidence detailing some of the most compelling arguments to date that emissions stemming from the project are not negligible and can be linked to disastrous impacts on the Great Barrier Reef.

Drawing on the research of climate scientist Bill Hare, energy economist Paul Burke and financial analyst Tim Buckley, the dossier outlines, for the first time, how nearly 18,000 square kilometres of the Great Barrier Reef could be severely damaged or lost if the Carmichael coalmine goes ahead, opening up the Galilee Basin. 

Financial analyst Tim Buckley, of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, states that two neighbouring coal projects, China Stone and Hyde Park, must be factored into Carmichael emissions estimates, because both will benefit immensely from the approval precedents set by the project. He quotes former Liberal politician Ian Macfarlane, chief executive of the Queensland Resources Council, who referred to the Carmichael project in June last year as the “icebreaker that will lay down those baselines and will provide the infrastructure” for mining in the Galilee Basin.

[Anna Krien]

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