Thursday, July 06, 2017

UNESCO omits Great Barrier Reef from 'danger' list, but has concerns

A UNESCO committee omitted Australia's Great Barrier Reef from its list of world heritage sites it considers to be in danger, a move the government welcomed but conservationists questioned.

The World Heritage Committee, meeting in Warsaw, Poland, was expected by some to include the reef on its warning list. The reef is a 1,400-mile stretch of colorful living coral on Australia's northeastern coast currently being bleached white by oxygen starvation because of weather events and elevated water temperatures.

The list currently identifies 55 natural and man-made sites around the world in jeopardy of destruction, and inclusion on the list typically provides publicity and access to funding for purposes of conservation.


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