Barrier Reef remains under threat

Galloway, Kate (2015) Barrier Reef remains under threat. Alternative Law Journal, 40 (2). p. 140.

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In the face of urgent need to protect the Great Barrier Reef, the Queensland and Commonwealth governments jointly released 'Reef 2050'. It purports to be a long-term plan for Reef sustainability, and its release satisfies one of UNESCO's recommendations to avoid categorising the Reef as 'in danger'. The Reef is presently listed as 'at risk' and UNESCO will consider the Reef's listing further, in June 2015. Reef 2050 nominates climate change as one of the Reef's principal risks. Despite this, government 'wants to have coal mines operating in 60 years' time' which, according to reef scientist Terry Hughes, is incompatible with a healthy reef. Meanwhile the Commonwealth government has established an inquiry into the tax-deductible status of environmental groups, suggesting that the work of environmental charities is political, rather than frontline environmental protection. Yet changes to the tax status of these organisations may further erode public debate on environmental protection.

Item ID: 42377
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1037-969X
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2016 01:10
FoR Codes: 18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180111 Environmental and Natural Resources Law @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9499 Other Law, Politics and Community Services > 949999 Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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