30 Apr '18, 1pm

Australia's $379M Plan to Save Great Barrier Reef Raises Skepticism

The Australian government announced Sunday its largest investment in the Great Barrier Reef to date. More than $500 million Australian dollars (US $379 million) will go towards helping the highly vulnerable site that's under threat from climate change . However, some have criticized the move as a "band-aid plan " as the fossil fuel-friendly government promotes the building of new coal mines, which fuels global warming that harms the reef. "It is an investment not only in the future of the Great Barrier Reef, but also in Australian jobs and our economy through the tourists the reef attracts every year," Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull's office, along with the ministers for foreign affairs, energy and environment, said in a joint statement. The government said the site is a critical national asset providing AUS $6.4 billion a year to the Queensland and Australian economies an...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/australia-great-barrier-reef-coa...

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