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Great Barrier Reef CC damage 9 December 2019

Great Barrier Reef world heritage values damaged by climate change, government admits (via The Guardian)

By Graham Readfearn

Australia has conceded in an official report that the Great Barrier Reef’s unique values as a world heritage site have been adversely affected by climate change.

In the report to Unesco’s world heritage committee, the Queensland and federal governments say the reef is “an icon under pressure with a deteriorating long–term outlook”.

The committee will review the status of the Great Barrier Reef at its June 2020 meeting in China, with the potential to place the reef on its “in danger” list.

As part of the process, the committee asked Australia to submit a comprehensive “state of conservation” report for the reef – the first since 2015.