Mining boom threatens Tasmania's forests

Conservationists say mineral-rich areas in Australia under threat as resources companies continue operations.

    The ancient forests of the Tarkine in northwestern Tasmania were protected by the Australian government as a site of "national heritage".

    However, that listing has lapsed, and the government seems in no hurry to re-impose it.

    At the same time, resources companies are applying to mine the mineral-rich area, something that conservationists say is threatening the environment.

    Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports from Tasmania.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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