Greens: Vanishing Great Barrier Reef Needs Action Now (Australia)

Vanishing Great Barrier Reef Needs Action Now

The Australian Government should reduce coal exports and take urgent action on the Great Barrier Reef if we are to save it for future generations, the Australian Greens said today.

A shocking new report released by the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences shows the Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its coral cover since the 1980s, and could lose half again in only ten years if it’s business as usual.

“The latest report shows the extreme vulnerability of our Reef. We must act urgently to protect it from further degradation and exploitation because it is just too precious to lose,Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne said.

The report shows two of the biggest factors in coral loss are tropical storms and bleaching, both events which are made more frequent and intense by climate change, and yet the Australian and Queensland Governments are doggedly pursuing their coal-at-all-costs plan,Australian Greens environment spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters, said.

“The Australian Government should now heed the warnings from UNESCO that the Reef could lose World Heritage status and reconsider their plans for major coal and gas ports developments, more than 55 MCGs’ worth of dredging, and shipping increases to more than one ship an hour, that would turn the fragile Reef into a coal and gas highway.

“The Greens have also been calling on the Australian Government to finally commit to extending the Reef Rescue program, which assists farmers to reduce the agricultural run-off into the Reef which is fostering the explosions of the destructive Crown of Thorns starfish.”

Press Release, October 2, 2012

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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