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Australia court overturns approval for giant Carmichael coal mine

The Carmichael mine, approved by the government last year, would have been one of world’s biggest coal mines.Critics challenged the decision in the Federal Court of Australia because of a range of environmental concerns.

The court said on Tuesday that the environment minister had failed to heed advice about threats to vulnerable animal species.

The decision means the mine could not legally operate until fresh approval was granted, according to Sue Higginson, the principal solicitor for the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) in New South Wales (NSW).