Great Barrier Reef http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/27622/all en Deadline nears for action to protect Great Barrier Reef http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/deadline-nears-action-protect-great-barrier-reef <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SYDNEY, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Australia has to take swift action to protect the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site, amid significant threats from industrial projects as a February deadline looms, environmental groups say.</p> <p>Heralded as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the reef is home to 400 types of coral, 240 species of birds and 1,500 species of fish. It is worth A$6 billion annually to the local economy in tourism.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/deadline-nears-action-protect-great-barrier-reef" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Coral Sea Geography of Australia Great Barrier Reef Technology Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 03:45:25 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738657 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian government pledges to protect Great Barrier Reef http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/australian-government-pledges-protect-great-barrier-reef <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Jane Wardell</p> <p>SYDNEY, Feb 1 (Reuters) - The Australian government pledged to stop coal port or shipping developments that would cause damage to the Great Barrier Reef as it responded to a Friday deadline amid U.N. warnings that the reef's conservation status could be downgraded.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/australian-government-pledges-protect-great-barrier-reef" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Coral Sea Great Barrier Reef Physical geography Technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 04:30:29 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5742537 at http://www.globalpost.com 'Spawn bank' holds hopes for future of Great Barrier Reef http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130213/spawn-bank-holds-hopes-future-great-barrier-reef <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SYDNEY, Feb 13 (Reuters) - For the past two years Australian scientists have been collecting and storing billions of reproductive cells from the Great Barrier Reef, hoping that this "spawn bank" will one day help rebuild and preserve the World Heritage site.</p> <p>The reef, a popular tourist site worth billions of dollars annually to the Australian economy, is threatened by dredging, sedimentation and disease. Global issues such as ocean acidification and warming due to climate change also affect the reef's health.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130213/spawn-bank-holds-hopes-future-great-barrier-reef" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Coral reefs Great Barrier Reef Human Interest Physical geography Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 13 Feb 2013 23:48:13 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5755158 at http://www.globalpost.com Greenpeace activists board Australian coal ship in reef protest http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130424/greenpeace-activists-board-australian-coal-ship-reef-protest <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SYDNEY (Reuters) - Six Greenpeace activists boarded a coal ship bound for South Korea near Australia's Great Barrier Reef on Wednesday, protesting against the expansion of the rich Australian coal industry and its impact on the World Heritage site.</p> <p>Environmentalists say the Great Barrier Reef, a popular tourist site worth about A$6 billion (4 billion pounds) a year to the Australia economy, is threatened by dredging, sedimentation and coal port and shipping development.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130424/greenpeace-activists-board-australian-coal-ship-reef-protest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Coral Sea Education Great Barrier Reef Labor Law Politics Religion Social Issues Technology War Watercraft Thomson Reuters Wed, 24 Apr 2013 05:00:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5823793 at http://www.globalpost.com Campaign to save Barrier Reef from industry http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130427/campaign-save-barrier-reef-industry <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Conservationists Sunday accused Australia of failing to protect the Great Barrier Reef from massive industrial development as they launched a multi-million dollar campaign to drum up awareness.</p> <p>The move follows UNESCO demanding decisive action to protect the world's largest coral reef from a gas and mining boom and increasing coastal development, or risk the embarrassment of seeing it put on its danger list.</p> <p>The government says it is "absolutely committed" to the reef and in February outlined to UNESCO how it planned to improve management and protection.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130427/campaign-save-barrier-reef-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Australia Great Barrier Reef Physical geography Technology AFP Sun, 28 Apr 2013 03:16:31 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5826924 at http://www.globalpost.com UNESCO puts off adding Great Barrier Reef to endangered sites list http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130618/unesco-puts-adding-great-barrier-reef-endangered-sites-list <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sydney, Jun 18 (EFE).- UNESCO's World Heritage Committee has decided to put off adding northeastern Australia's Great Barrier Reef to its "World Heritage in Danger" list, media reports said Tuesday.</p> <p>The committee made the decision after evaluating the impact of mining and energy projects on the Great Barrier Reef during its annual meeting in Phnom Penh.</p> <p>The reef's situation will be examined once again at next year's meeting, a committee spokeswoman told Australia's AAP news agency.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130618/unesco-puts-adding-great-barrier-reef-endangered-sites-list" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Australian National Heritage List Great Barrier Reef Physical geography Technology Agencia EFE Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:31:10 +0000 Agencia EFE 5860502 at http://www.globalpost.com US says bombs dropped on Australia reef to avoid boats http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130722/us-says-bombs-dropped-australia-reef-avoid-boats <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The United States military said Monday it had jettisoned four unarmed bombs on Australia's Great Barrier Reef during a training exercise only because civilian boats had strayed into the drop zone.</p> <p>The US 7th Fleet had earlier said only that the planned target range was "not clear of hazards" at the time, forcing the two Harrier jets to dump their ordnance within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park off Queensland state.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130722/us-says-bombs-dropped-australia-reef-avoid-boats" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Australian National Heritage List Geography of Australia Great Barrier Reef AFP Mon, 22 Jul 2013 04:33:13 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5889911 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. Navy offers to help recover bombs from Great Barrier Reef http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130721/us-navy-drops-unarmed-bombs-australias-great-barrier-reef <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ABOARD THE USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy on Tuesday offered Australia any help it wanted to retrieve four bombs mistakenly dropped inside the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef marine park last week.</p> <p>U.S. Navy Harrier fighter jets were forced to drop the bombs, two inert and two carrying explosives but not armed, after civilian boats were spotted near their original target.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130721/us-navy-drops-unarmed-bombs-australias-great-barrier-reef" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Australian National Heritage List Geography of Australia Great Barrier Reef Thomson Reuters Mon, 22 Jul 2013 03:33:59 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5889819 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. navy to recover bombs from Great Barrier Reef http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130725/us-navy-recover-bombs-great-barrier-reef <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SYDNEY (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy said on Friday it would lead the effort to recover four unarmed bombs it was forced to drop in Australia's World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef marine park.</p> <p>The U.S. 7th Fleet would take the lead in recovering the bombs, coordinating with Australian authorities to ensure "the environment is protected with the greatest care", it said in a statement.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130725/us-navy-recover-bombs-great-barrier-reef" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Australian National Heritage List Geography of Australia Great Barrier Reef Thomson Reuters Fri, 26 Jul 2013 03:33:53 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5894173 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. Navy to recover bombs jettisoned in Great Barrier Reef http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130726/us-navy-recover-bombs-jettisoned-great-barrier-reef <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyodo News International </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The U.S. 7th Fleet said Friday it will retrieve and dispose of four bombs unloaded by jets into Great Barrier Reef Marine Park off the coast of Australia during a training mishap, Australia, which angered environmentalists.</p> <p> In a press statement, the 7th Fleet said it "will take the lead in the safe retrieval and disposal" of the ordinance unloaded July 16 by two U.S. AV-8B Harrier jets into the World Heritage site during what it described as an "emergency situation."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div 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This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130726/us-navy-recover-bombs-jettisoned-great-barrier-reef" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Australian National Heritage List Geography of Australia Great Barrier Reef Kyodo News International Fri, 26 Jul 2013 05:04:10 +0000 Kyodo News International 5894200 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia probes Great Barrier Reef board over 'mining links' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131030/australia-probes-great-barrier-reef-board-over-mining-links <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australia launched a probe Wednesday into the agency responsible for protecting the Great Barrier Reef after some board members were urged to resign over alleged conflicts of interest related to the mining industry.</p> <p>Environment Minister Greg Hunt ordered an investigation after the Australian Broadcasting Corporation aired allegations that coal and gas industry ties had seen the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) relax its stance on industrial development.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131030/australia-probes-great-barrier-reef-board-over-mining-links" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Australian National Heritage List Geography of Australia Great Barrier Reef Technology AFP Wed, 30 Oct 2013 07:19:52 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5974837 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia probes Great Barrier Reef board over 'mining links' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131030/australia-probes-great-barrier-reef-board-over-mining-links-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australia launched a probe Wednesday into the agency responsible for protecting the Great Barrier Reef after some board members were urged to resign over alleged conflicts of interest related to the mining industry.</p> <p>Environment Minister Greg Hunt ordered an investigation after the Australian Broadcasting Corporation aired allegations that coal and gas industry ties had seen the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) relax its stance on industrial development.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131030/australia-probes-great-barrier-reef-board-over-mining-links-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Australian National Heritage List Geography of Australia Great Barrier Reef Technology AFP Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:47:47 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5974931 at http://www.globalpost.com Coal port plan will kill Great Barrier Reef http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131211/coal-port-plan-will-kill-great-barrier-reef <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Conservationists on Wednesday slammed Australia's approval for an Indian firm to expand a major coal port on the Great Barrier Reef coast, warning it would hasten the natural wonder's demise.</p> <p>"The Great Barrier Reef is dying and (Prime Minister) Tony Abbott is hastening its death," Greens leader Christine Milne told reporters.</p> <p>"(He) has made it clear that industrialising the reef, giving approvals to coal mines and gas facilities for his big business mates, is a much greater priority for him than protecting the reef and the 63,000 jobs that depend on it," she said. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131211/coal-port-plan-will-kill-great-barrier-reef" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Australian National Heritage List Geography of Australia Great Barrier Reef Technology AFP Wed, 11 Dec 2013 07:51:46 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6016630 at http://www.globalpost.com Coral or coal decision looms for Australia's Great Barrier Reef http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140130/coral-or-coal-decision-looms-australias-great-barrier-reef <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Sonali Paul</p> <p>MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's Great Barrier Reef watchdog is to decide by Friday whether to allow millions of cubic meters of dredged mud to be dumped near the fragile reef to create the world's biggest coal port and possibly unlock $28 billion in coal projects.</p> <p>A dumping permit would allow a major expansion of the port of Abbot Point for two Indian firms and Australian billionaire miner Gina Rinehart, who together have $16 billion worth of coal projects in the untapped, inland Galilee Basin.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140130/coral-or-coal-decision-looms-australias-great-barrier-reef" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Australian National Heritage List Business Geography of Australia Great Barrier Reef Politics Technology Thomson Reuters Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:02:46 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6056988 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia approves plan to dump dredge spoil in Barrier Reef http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140131/australia-approves-plan-dump-dredge-spoil-barrier-reef <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on Friday approved the dumping of up to three million cubic metres of dredge waste in park waters in a move blasted by environmentalists.</p> <p>The decision follows the government giving the green light to a major coal port expansion for India's Adani Group on the reef coast in December, under some of the strictest-ever environmental conditions.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140131/australia-approves-plan-dump-dredge-spoil-barrier-reef" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Australia Great Barrier Reef Physical geography Technology AFP Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:46:56 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6057886 at http://www.globalpost.com