Ancient Forest Can Be Cut Down for Coal Mine

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Thursday, November 30, 2017

A forest that is thousands of years old will be partially cleared to make way for a coal mine.

A court in Germany has allowed an energy company to the ancient forest for a coal mine.

Hambach Forest is a forest located in North Rhine-Westphalia, western Germany, between Cologne and Aachen. The forest is nearly 12,000 years old, rich in biodiversity and home to 142 species regarded as important for conservation.

An environmental group plans to appeal the ruling.

Since the company owns the land, the court said there's very little it can do to stop the company from creating the coal mine.



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