Australia’s major environmental body has called on the federal government to cancel the controversial $5 billion dam project to improve the state’s climate change policies.
The Federal Government says the dam will be built by 2020 but Environment Minister Greg Hunt has previously said the project will be completed by 2022.
A group of scientists and environmental organisations is calling for a moratorium on construction.
“The dam will increase CO2 emissions, worsen water quality and increase the likelihood of catastrophic coral bleaching and bleaching events in the Great Australian Barrier Reef,” the scientists wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
“This project will cause irreversible damage to the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem.”
The dam is the largest hydroelectric project in the world.
The project is being funded by a $7 billion concessional loan from the Federal Government.
A $2 billion concessor loan from Australian taxpayers also supports the project.