30 May '15, 7pm

Great Barrier Reef Not “In Danger” – For Now

Great Barrier Reef Not “In Danger” – For Now

Despite being one of the most vulnerable ecosystems in the world and squarely in the firing line with climate change, UNESCO experts decided not to label the Great Barrier Reef “in danger”. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee report on the health of the Reef still paints a stark future for the World Heritage Area. In particular, scientists and conservationists have sharply criticized plans to expand the Abbot Point coal-loading port in Queensland, which would involve the dumping of dredge spoils in waters near the reef, which includes 1,050 islands and stretches along almost the entire eastern coast of Queensland. The experts’ recommendation, published in Paris, now goes to a vote by the World Heritage Committee, which includes representatives of 21 countries and is scheduled to meet next month in Bonn, Germany. Greg Hunt, the Australian environment minister, said Friday t...

Full article: http://www.greenoptimistic.com/great-barrier-reef-climate/

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