24 Nov '11, 1am

Dot Earth Blog: The Tussle Between Energy and Ecology Moves to the Australian Outback

Dot Earth Blog: The Tussle Between Energy and Ecology Moves to the Australian Outback

Here in outback Queensland, Australia, we are experiencing firsthand the consequences of the growing coal demands of countries like India and China. Our region – now known to the world as the ‘Galilee Basin’ – is being opened up to coal mining for the very first time. All of the coal that is dug up will be shipped overseas for electricity generation. But at what cost? It hits very close to home for us. Ten years ago our family put every last dollar into buying a special property to save it from being cleared. The Bimblebox Nature Refuge is an 8,000 hectare property and virtually all of it is remnant bushland. The Australian government provided funding to help buy it, and we have signed a perpetual conservation covenant, which is supposed to protect it forever. But ‘forever’ doesn’t mean much in Australia if there is coal beneath the ground. Right now, Bimblebox is threaten...

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/23/a-fight-over...

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