Want daily updates on important issues? Subscribe to
Though the authority charged with protecting the Great Barrier Reef later issued a permit to allow dumping dredged sediments from a coal port expansion project near the reef, it actually advised against the move several times.
The fire at Victoria, Australia’s Hazelwood coal mine started started February 9, and it hasn’t stopped yet. Now, three weeks later, the state is telling children, the elderly, and pregnant women in the nearby town of South Morwell to leave to escape the smoke and ash in the air.