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Radical climate action 'critical' to Great Barrier Reef's survival, government body says

Nicole Hasham reports in the Sydney Morning Herald (13.4.19) on a Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority report which says global warming must be kept to 1.5 degrees to help the Reef's chances of survival.

'Australia's top Great Barrier Reef officials warn the natural wonder will virtually collapse if the planet becomes 1.5 degrees hotter – a threshold that scientists say requires shutting down coal within three decades.

'This federal election campaign is a potential tipping point for Australia's direction on climate action, as the major parties pledge distinctly different ambitions for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

'However neither party has rejected the proposed Adani mine outright or promised to phase out coal, an export on which Australia is heavily reliant.

'Climate change has already wrought devastating effects on the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, including two consecutive years of mass coral bleaching in 2016 and 2017.'

 

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