Australia’s magnificent coral reef is under yet another major threat as, according to a recent report, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has threatened to list the Great Barrier Reef as an endangered World Heritage Site.
The threat came over the Marine Park Authority's decision to allow millions of tonnes of dredged material to be dumped within the reef's boundaries.
A big coal port to be built nearby requires the sea bed to be dug to make enough room for ships. Although the Marine Park Authority has allowed it, and claims that waste would be dealt with following "strict environmental conditions", scientists believe that it would be devastatingly damaging for the reef’s coral.
The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system. It is visible from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms. However, the reef has lost half of its corals over the past 30 years.
The situation in the Great Barrier Reef demands urgent attention.
According to the UNESCO report, there is an indication that “less impacting disposal alternatives may exist”. If this is the case then why has the Australian government granted a go-ahead to the project?
If environmental concerns do not influence government policy, the world will soon be a place unbearable to live in.