A large Chinese coal ship has run aground on a section of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia and is in danger of breaking up. The ship is already leaking coal and oil and is in danger of breaking apart entirely, dumping its load of fuel onto the reefs below.

Here are a couple of news reports (via my buddy Adam at Twilight Earth).

This is one of the big reasons why we need to stop burning coal. You don't need to ship sunlight, wind and geothermal energy around the world in giant cargo ships.

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