AustraliaEnvironmentalists today sued Environment Minister Pibarsek, accusing him of ignoring climate risks posed by coal mining and refusing to act based on “substantial expert and scientific evidence” on climate risks to protect natural treasures like the Great Barrier Reef. Accused of failing.
Agence France-Presse reported that the focus of the lawsuit is MACH Energy and Narrabri Coal operations in New South Wales. Both companies applied to the Australian government to extend their coal mining rights until 2040. The application is currently in the final stages of state and federal review.
Environmental group Environment Council of Central Queensland filed a lawsuit in the Federal Court of Melbourne claiming that Tanya Plibersek’s refusal to take action based on “climate science” was unlawful.
The committee said it had written to Pibarsec last year asking it to reconsider some proposals for coal mining globally.to give heatAs well as potential “significant impacts” on environmental treasures such as the Great Barrier Reef.
Committee chair Christine Carlisle said: “We’re doing this because we’re tired of what (officials) say in interviews, tired of ministers posing with koalas for publicity photos. No action yet. Has not been done.”
The Australian government has pledged to reduce carbon emissions by 43% below 2005 levels by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
Australia is one of the world’s largest coal exporters, but the centre-left Labor government has refused to approve new coal mines.
A spokesperson for Pibarsec declined to comment as the case is already in judicial proceedings.