Wed, 2 May 2018

Relief for the Great Barrier Reef

by Trepup

Relief for the Great Barrier Reef

The Australian government announced that it will direct USD 379 million toward protecting the Great Barrier Reef, in partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, on 29 April 2018.

The Prime Minister’s office revealed that the funds will go toward combating water pollution and predatory coral-eating starfish, while increasing public awareness and reef monitoring.

However, environmentalists worry that the plan doesn’t target the core issue: global warming.

In 2016, the El Niño event combined with the slow and steady rise in global temperatures caused massive coral bleaching, and reefs in every ocean and hemisphere suffered.

Spanning 133,000 square miles, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest in the world. However, nearly 30 percent of the reefs have been destroyed because of extreme environmental pressures.

Nonetheless, John Schubert, chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, remains optimistic. “Today’s major investment brings real solutions within our grasp. These funds represent an unequalled opportunity to create a legacy of hope for future generations,” he said.

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