Australia’s Environment Minister Sussan Ley on Thursday approved an expansion of a Whitehaven Coal (WHC.AX) mine – a decision which comes despite a historic court ruling that she had an obligation to children to consider the harm caused by climate change. Whitehaven shares climbed on the news, but the eight teenagers who had brought a class action suit against the company’s plan to ramp up production at the Vickery mine in New South Wales state said they were shocked and dismayed. “The emissions from Whitehaven’s expanded Vickery coal mine will only make the climate crisis worse and (it) puts our safe future in doubt. […]