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A draft UN ruling has recommended against listing the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger” but indicated the natural icon remains on its watch list.
The reprieve for Australia comes with strict conditions about the implementation of measures to protect the reef system.
The committee noted “with concern” the ongoing decline in the health of the reef shown in the last comprehensive scientific survey of the reef in 2014, due to climate change, water pollution and coastal development.
Environmental groups consider the reef – regardless of the Unesco ruling – technically in danger, particularly in the face of state and federal government support of proposals to develop massive coal mines in Galilee basin in central Queensland…
Great Barrier Reef: UNESCO recommends world heritage site not be placed on ‘in danger’ list, ABC Australia
The World Heritage Committee raised “great concerns” about the “unprecedented” scale of coastal development proposed within and affecting the reef.
What Exactly is the World Heritage In Danger List? BBC News
The Great Barrier Reef is one of more than 1,000 places on Unesco’s World Heritage List of precious environmental and cultural sites. In June, Unesco will decide if the Reef should be added to its “in danger” list. Today, a draft recommendation has been made about the reef’s status…
Great Barrier Reef at Risk from Rushed Sediment Dumping Plan at Abbot Point, Guardian UK (12-23-2014)
A plan to dump dredged sediment onto a sensitive wetlands area beside the Great Barrier Reef near Abbot Point would lead to much more slurry being pumped into the waters of the reef than officially estimated, a report has warned…
The Great Barrier Reef’s Days May Be Numbered, Huffington Green (07-23-2014)
Researchers appeared before an Australian Senate committee to review how federal and local governments have managed the reef, and found that the Reef is in the worse state it’s ever been in since records began. Researchers attributed the significant decline to coastal development as well as dredging and dumping sediment along the Queensland coast.
Cooking The Climate Wrecking The Reef:The Global Impact Of Coal Exports From Australia’s Galilee Bassin, Greenpeace (09-19-2012)
A coal basin near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef will rank among the world’s worst producers of carbon pollution if fully mined, Greenpeace said, as it warned of devastating consequences. ” Cooking The Climate Wrecking The Reef: The Global Impact Of Coal Exports From Australia’s Galilee Bassin”, is a Greenpeace Australia Report.
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