Monday, April 30, 2018

Australian gov't commits 379 million USD to save iconic Great Barrier Reef

iconic Great Barrier Reef
The Australian government has allocated 500 million Australian dollars (379 million US dollars) to save the Great Barrier Reef from climate change, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced here on Sunday.

The reef, the largest of its kind in the world, has been decimated by climate change with a recent study finding that 30 percent of its coral was killed during a "catastrophic" heatwave in 2016.

Earlier in 2018, the head of the United Nations environment program warned that the fight to save the world's coral reefs was at "make-or-break point."

A vast majority of the funding will be given to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation who will continue their efforts to eradicate crown-of-thorns starfish, reduce pollution and mitigate the impact of climate change.

The rest has been allocated to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and Department of Environment and Energy to expand environmental management.
iconic Great Barrier Reef

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