Australia’s Criticisms of Proposal to List Great Barrier Reef as ‘in Danger’ Don’t Stack Up

Australia’s Criticisms of Proposal to List Great Barrier Reef as ‘in Danger’ Don’t Stack Up

Most tourists, international or domestic, are already well aware of the pressures facing the Great Barrier Reef, but they are still keen to see it. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most obvious examples of the costs of inaction on anthropogenic climate change. The Great Barrier Reef was inscribed as a World Heritage Area in 1981. Indeed, in 2019, Australia’s latest five-yearly Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report projected the future of the reef as “very poor”. For example, in 2011 the World Heritage Committee expressed “extreme concern” over the approval for liquefied natural gas facilities on Curtis Island within the boundary of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area.

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