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Michael McGowan and Lisa Cox
March 18, 2019
The Guardian

Court rules out Hunter Valley coalmine on climate change grounds

An appellate Court in Australia has confirmed a decision to decline consent to a new coal mine on the basis of orthodox effects considerations, including climate change effects Full article here.

In New Zealand, Parliament has prohibited consent authorities from considering the climate change impacts of a project when deciding whether to grant consent, but if those prohibitions were not in place it is difficult to see how a different outcome would result for such applications here.  

Coal generally has a poor future, illustrated by Germany's recent decision to shut all of its coal fired power plants by 2038 Full article here.