Dredging the Great Barrier Reef: use and misuse of science

Brodie, Jon (2014) Dredging the Great Barrier Reef: use and misuse of science. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science , 142. pp. 1-3.

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[Extract] Currently both federal and state governments are refusing their responsibilities to protect the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) through inaction on climate change based on the misuse of the available science while at the same time port authorities, mining companies and governments are evading their responsibilities to manage port developments adequately by using "offsets" (where the funds go to farmers to improve management practices in the GBR catchment). The result of this evasion of responsibility means that the sole responsibility to manage the GBR has been passed on to farmers! So of the three big threats to the GBR – climate change, agricultural pollution and coastal development pollution/degradation – only agricultural pollution is being managed to some extent based on good science.

Item ID: 38432
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1096-0015
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2015 00:24
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960503 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960701 Coastal and Marine Management Policy @ 50%
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