An analysis by Greenpeace Energydesk showed that while natural gas covered 44 percent of the energy generation left by the fall of coal, it only contributed to 30 percent of the ensuing drop in carbon emissions.
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.
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After three months awaiting trail, activists detained in Russia for protesting an offshore drilling rig have been released. The unexpected move is widely seen as a push for an improved international image as Russia prepares to host the Winter Olympics in February.