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The 2016 mass coral bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef has set back – by at least two decades – efforts to improve the condition of our national icon. That’s the view of a group of independent experts who have just provided UNESCO with their own evaluation of the Reef 2050 Plan, including ways it can be improved.
A concerned citizen has provided WWF with photographs including a turtle hatchling emerging beside a lump of coal at East Point Beach, Mackay, which is near Hay Point – the largest coal port alongside the Great Barrier Reef.
An analysis by WWF-Australia shows tree clearing continues to plague Great Barrier Reef catchments with landholders notifying, in just the last four months, that they will clear another 70,000 hectares.
Jacobs Report: Investing in the Great Barrier Reef as economic infrastructure
WWF-Australia says Australia’s progress report to UNESCO “is not accurate” when it claims that 90% of actions in the Reef 2050 rescue plan are completed, underway or on track.
A new analysis finds that Australia has failed on a promise to control tree clearing to protect the Great Barrier Reef.
Coral spawning at Lizard Island this year has been reduced by coral bleaching.
WWF Australia has condemned the Queensland Government’s decision to declare Adani’s combined coal mine and rail project to be "critical infrastructure" in order to fast-track remaining approvals.
Landclearing has already tripled in Queensland from 78,378 hectares cleared in 2009-10 to 296,324 hectares in 2013-14.
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Reef 2050 Long-term sustainability plan progress on implementation.
Review by Great Barrier Reef Independent Review Group
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