14 Jun '12, 8pm

Australia announces massive ocean reserve, takes early lead with bragging rights

Australia announces massive ocean reserve, takes early lead with bragging rights

Once every few summers, the world meets in one of its greatest cities for a competition with roots that extend far back into history. Bravado on display, nations vie for the right to brag that their nation truly leads the pack. Obviously, I’m talking about the Earth Summit . Every time there’s an international environment confab, it seems like countries take advantage of the moment to announce major green initiatives. Before the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, the United States and India announced a new partnership aimed at curbing emissions. At the same conference in Durban last year, Canada declared its intention to contribute $1.2 billion to greenhouse gas reduction . Map of protected areas. This year, the competition started early — and with an impressive salvo. Australia today announced that it is creating the world’s largest marine reserv...

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