As the world’s population continues to rise, Australia’s coal mines are facing the threat of becoming depleted as the planet warms.
The National Coal Association has issued a warning, saying Australia’s existing mines and mines in the Kimberley, Bowen and Murray rivers should all be mothballed.
Key points:The association says the Murray and Bowen rivers are more than enough to support the needs of the world and the world should be looking for alternative sources of energy Its members believe mining in the Murray could result in millions of tonnes of CO2 being released into the atmosphere annuallyThe coal industry says it has already had to cut staff to keep up with demand for coal mining The mining industry says the country has more than 20,000 mines and thousands of kilometres of underground coal seams.
But with global warming causing more and more people to live and work in cities, many of these mines have been forced to shut down.
Australia has an estimated 25,000 underground coal mines in operation across the country.
They include the Murray river mine in Western Australia, the Kimberleys’ Largemouth and Millington mines in South Australia, and the Port Augusta mine in New South Wales.
These mines are all located within the Murray Basin, which contains a significant amount of coal.
However, many mines are also located in other parts of the country and in remote areas, such as the Bowen River.
“These mines will be in decline in coming decades, and we should not be complacent,” the association said in a statement.
‘It will be like a black hole in the middle of Australia’In the coming decades more and, in some cases, all coal mining in Australia will have to close, the association warned.
And that means Australia’s current coal reserves will be gone.
It’s estimated that the Murray River mine alone could have around 6.5 billion tonnes of coal, the equivalent of 10 per cent of Australia’s total coal reserves.
For the Bowen and Milington mines, around 1.6 billion tonnes could be produced, but the coal is currently being extracted from deep underground.
In the Bowen river basin, around 500 kilometres of coal seams are being drilled.
More than 40 kilometres of those will be used to produce power, with the remainder used for underground storage.
That means the mine could be in trouble.
A new study has found that the area of the coal seams is at risk of being lost in the next 10 to 20 years.
While that could be an issue for future generations, for now the coal industry has to keep working with the government and local communities to ensure the mine stays open.
Coal mines in Bowen and the Murray have been closed for almost 40 years.
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