The Australian coal mine that is putting black throated finches at risk of extinction

Once again, coal and economic interests prevail over nature and wildlife. It is happening these days in Australia where the Queensland government has signed the so called Adani plan for the management of black throated finches. In fact, one of the two state approvals expected by the company to start construction of its colossal coal mine has arrived .

The Carmichael mine project in Galilee Basin is being carried out by the Indian mining billionaire Gautam Adani. In central Queensland, Australia, the huge coal mine is expected to build at a cost of 11.2 billion euros. When fully operational it would have a potential life of 26 to 60 years, giving rise to 705 million tons of CO2 every year.

A letter from the Ocean Elders group, which includes Prince Albert II of Monaco, Queen Noor of Jordan, Sir Richard Branson, among others, had already announced that the construction of the mine would risk jeopardizing international efforts to combat climate change.

But not only. It risks endangering the existence of black throated finches . The location of the Carmichael mine, proposed by Adani, in fact falls into the area where the largest known population in Australia lives.

The Ministry of the Environment had hired a group of experts in January to assess the impact of the construction and now the first green light has come from the Queensland government , which has signed the Finch Management Plan, one of two state approvals. that the company must have to start construction of the mine. According to authorities, the process was rigorous but critics warn that the approved plan could result in the extinction of the birds.

Australia, hydroelectric power from disused coal mines

Piles of mining Bauxite in Weipa, Queensland, Australia Bauxite is an aluminium ore and is the main source of aluminium. Big bucket scoop bulldozer mining technology using to move bauxite mine.

The studies will investigate whether the Centennial Coal Co. site near Lake Macquarie could possibly support a 600-megawatt hydroelectric pumping plant that would benefit from its reservoir, grid connection, and available water source. The results will also show whether similar brownfield sites could host renewable energy plants.

“By reusing old sites and leveraging the capabilities of those facilities, we can deliver more clean energy projects that will reduce emissions and provide the safe and reliable energy Australians need,” said the Australian Minister for Reduction. non-renewable energy and for the containment of CO 2 emissions , Angus Taylor .

Australia has received heavy international criticism for its support for fossil fuels, including its plan for a guided resumption of gas extraction, due to the pandemic-induced recession and Prime Minister Scott Morrison ‘s refusal to establish a program to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Pumped storage hydroelectric power stations, which push water up have enormous energy storage capacity and can help to support intermittent generation from wind and solar plants.

The Newstan process is one of several similar projects in Australia. Genex Power Ltd. plans to install a 250 megawatt hydroelectric power plant in a former Queensland gold mine, along with solar and wind resources. At the former Drayton coal mine in New South Wales, Malabar Resources has obtained approval to develop a 25 megawatt solar park.