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Coal Development Threatens Great Barrier Reef

ByTim De ChantNOVA NextNOVA Next

Stephanie Paige Ogburn, writing for Climate Wire:

A group of respected coral reef scientists has released a declaration intended to change how the Australian government manages development in the coastal region bordering the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

A coal mining boom in the country, fueled by demand from Asia, has spurred plans to develop several ports along the coast of Queensland, the northeastern Australian territory whose coast abuts the reef.

Some concerns are immediate, as evidenced by the ramming of the reef by a Chinese coal ship three years ago. Others, like sedimentation and ocean acidification, are further off but no less concerning.