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Asia Pacific Australia approves coal port near Great Barrier Reef

A vast new coal port and "shipping super-highway" near Australia's Great Barrier Reef has environmentalists worried.

By John ZubrzyckiCorrespondent / December 15, 2013

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Environmentalists fear that approval for one of the world’s largest coal ports and an associated dredging operation to create a ‘shipping super-highway’ will cause severe damage to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.