With climate change endangering and damaging so much of our natural habitat, it would stand to reason that we do our best to prevent any more destruction. Still, it’s not that difficult to understand why carbon dioxide is so hard to avoid. Many industries can’t function without producing huge amounts of the stuff, and those industries are vital to our comfort.
But carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions aren’t the only things to contribute to the destruction of natural attractions. For example, even though experts are already worried that it might die soon because of ocean acidification, Queensland coal mining project further endangers Great Barrier Reef.
The news comes after Queensland’s premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, issued three licenses for the Indian mining firm Adani to extract coal from the state’s Galilee Basin via a projected Carmichael mine. As expected, this has drawn criticism from environmental activists and regular folk alike.
Allegedly estimated by financial experts to bring huge coal exports to India, the project would demand having to to expand an Abbot Point close to the Great Barrier Reef in order to allow for better traffic. Because of this, all the soil and debris dislodged from the coal mine would severely exacerbate the Great Barrier Reef’s current deterioration.
Aside from all the debris, the carbon dioxide that would be emitted in the area by burning coal would have an even more drastic impact on the rapidly deteriorating state of the reef. Many warn that allowing for the millions of tons of pollution over the next few decades is hugely irresponsible.
Many groups are criticizing the corrupt government and how granting the licenses for these huge coal mining operations is nothing more than serving the rich and corrupt by bowing down to the needs and wants of big pollutants, while at the same completely ignoring the needs and wants of the general population.
Stunning numbers point to the fact that about 95 of all the corals in the Great Barrier Reef are suffering from bleaching caused by ocean acidification, and that if people want any chance for the hugely important natural monument to keep on living, they would limit the stress to which it is exposed – the total opposite of allowing a hugely toxic coal mining operation so close to it.
As you probably well know, the Great Barrier Reef is a huge economic boon for Queensland, as is brings some $6 billion in tourism every year and accounts for some 70,000 jobs. If the project moves ahead as planned, the Barrier is surely soon to fall, depriving all future generations of the opportunity to ever see it, and most likely collapsing or at least severely affecting the entire country’s economy.
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