Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is gradually dying, but the government is not doing enough to save it. Its recent attempt to remove the ailing Great Barrier Reef and other World Heritage site from the United Nations report was faced with widespread international criticism. However, the government feels it imperative to put the barrier reef out from the list, as it would be catastrophic for the country’s tourism industry.
Despite the quick extinction of coral reefs in northern and central parts of Australia, no proper measures are taken for their preservation. Due to its deteriorating condition, the barrier reef was initially included in the report “World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate’ among a list of 31 natural and cultural sites, which was published on May 26 by UNESCO.
Unfortunately, references to the Great Barrier Reef were later removed from the list by Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull’s conservative government, fearing that “negative commentary” about the reef in the UN Heritage list would impact Australia’s lucrative tourism industry, as reported by Asia Nikkei.
Climate change expert Will Stephen, head of Australia’s Climate Council at the Australian National University, stated that he had reviewed a portion of the draft on the barrier reef, but found it cut out later.
ABC announced on Thursday that it could cost up to $16 billion to help save the reef over a span of 10 years. Despite the urgency of the situation, funding has so far been millions, not billions, states News.com.au.
Extensive research was conducted to find the reason behind the reef’s slow degradation. Statistical record shows that around 35 percent of the corals are dead or dying, reported Terry Hughes, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University in Queensland state.
The extent of damage over the past couple of months is drastic, with older corals dying fast and bleached corals finding it hard to recover from damage. As a result, the reef’s stunning fish population is starving to death. However, Environment Minister Greg Hunt brings relief to its people by announcing a $6 million funding to help combat the crown-of-horns starfish, as filed by Fox News.