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UN panel suggests Great Barrier Reef be put on in danger list

Great Barrier Reef be put on ‘in danger’ list: The Great Barrier Reef in Australia should be recognised as a World Heritage Site in Danger, according to a UN panel’s recommendation. According to the report, ocean warming and climate change have had a substantial influence on the largest coral reef ecosystem in the world.

Great Barrier Reef be put on ‘in danger’ list: Key Points

  • The long-awaited report on the 10-day trip, which took place in March, stated that the qualities that led to the reef being listed as a global wonder in 1981 were being seriously threatened by climate change.
  • Tanya Plibersek, the Australian Environment Minister, stated that the government would lobby UNESCO to remove the reef from the list of endangered species because climate change threatens all coral reefs worldwide.
  • The Australian government unveiled a billion-dollar plan in January to safeguard the reef.
  • Sessile creatures that “take root” on the ocean floor are corals.
  • They may endure a bleaching event, but it can limit their growth and interfere with their ability to reproduce.
  • According to scientists from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), who visited the reef in March, “the resilience of the (reef) to recover from climate change consequences is considerably undermined.”

Study on Great Barrier Reef

  • The study was supposed to be made public before a UNESCO world heritage committee conference that was to be held in Russia in June but was postponed because of the conflict in Ukraine.
  • The next meeting’s dates have not yet been chosen.
  • Despite recent increases in climate change initiatives, particularly in studies on coral restoration, “utmost haste” is needed to save.
  • Canberra has fought for years to keep the reef off the endangered list because doing so could result in it losing its heritage classification, which would lessen its appeal to tourists and cost the economy A$6.4 billion ($4.3 billion).
  • According to government data, the reef off the northeast coast of Australia saw almost 2 million tourists annually, supporting 64,000 jobs.

Great Barrier Reef: More Highlights

Due to vigorous lobbying by the previous administration, UNESCO decided to defer making a judgement until this year, saving Australia from having its reef listed as “in danger” the previous year. Because climate change threatens all coral reefs worldwide, Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek said the government would lobby UNESCO to remove the reef from the list of endangered species.
The newly elected Labor administration in Australia has promised to invest A$1.2 billion ($800 million) in reef protection over the next few years. The parliament approved a law requiring net zero emissions by 2050 in September. The independent Great Barrier Reef Foundation claimed that although it was previously aware of the numerous dangers listed in the UN report, it was too soon to advocate adding the reef to the list of endangered species.

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