Coal or the Reef, Greens Say

The Australian Greens are calling for urgent climate action based on advice by Professor Terry Hughes, co-author of new research in Science on poor management of World Heritage areas, including the Great Barrier Reef.

The Abbott and Palaszczuk governments need to take heed of this serious warning from one of the world’s leading coral reef scientists,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

 

Based on the science, the choice is simple – coal or the Reef?

“Professor Hughes says digging up the Galilee Basin while keeping a healthy Reef is an ‘impossible task’.

“Dredging our Reef to enable more coal ships to treat it like a fossil fuel highway will come back to bite this precious global icon, which is already struggling from climate change, through more coral bleaching and ocean acidification.

If the Abbott and Palaszczuk governments want to keep the Reef off the ‘In Danger’ list and prevent more extreme weather events, they must keep the Galilee Basin coal in the ground,” Senator Waters concluded.

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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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