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Coal Developers Take Note: Climate Change Killed This Coal Mine

  • New South Wales court rejects proposed Rocky Hill development
  • Judge cites potential climate impact from opencut coal mine
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Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

An Australian court blocked the development of a coal mine because of its potential to contribute to climate change, in a ruling an environment lawyer said could be a turning point for future coal projects, while industry cautioned the decision wasn’t likely to impact new development.

“The construction and operation of the mine, and the transportation and combustion of the coal from the mine, will result in the emission of greenhouse gases, which will contribute to climate change,” Judge Brian Preston said in his appeal judgment.