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. http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia-pacific/2012/05/201253151314839670.html

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