Great Barrier Reef health at a turning point

The federal and Queensland governments of Australia  have released a 2012-13 report card on the water quality problems plaguing the reef, showing cuts to pollution run-off, but still recording the world icon in poor health.

The World Heritage Committee will hold its annual meeting next week. It will consider Australia’s response to its concerns about the management and health of the reef on issues from water quality to major coal and gas port development on the reef’s shoreline.

The committee has threatened to consider placing the Barrier Reef on the “in danger” list in 2015 unless more progress is made by the Australia to protect it.

Signs of improving water quality on the Great Barrier Reef will keep the iconic natural wonder off a list of world heritage sites considered “in danger”

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