BERLIN | Germans protest expansion of coal mine into ancient forest

BERLIN | Germans protest expansion of coal mine into ancient forest

BERLIN — Protesters in western Germany are demonstrating against a large strip coal mine that wants to expand into an ancient forest, with some activists occupying a coal excavator at the site.

The Hambach mine has become a cause celebre for environmentalists amid plans to clear part of neighboring Hambach Forest to make way for an expansion. Earlier this month, a German court blocked the felling of the forest near Cologne, saying it needs time to examine whether the woodland deserves protected status.

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