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.