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Australia approves giant coal mine near Great Barrier Reef

A new coal mine is to be placed near the world's largest coral reef, causing many to protest.

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Thursday morning, Australia approved the establishment of a controversial coal mine near the world's largest coral reef, the Great Barrier Reef, in the state of Queensland, writes news agency AFP.

The Carmichael coal mine will be the largest in Australia. For years, it has been delayed due to environmental and funding-related issues.

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