Petition to Save Endangered Great Barrier Reef in Australia

A Blue Starfish (Linckia laevigata) resting on hard Acropora coral. Lighthouse, Ribbon Reefs, Great Barrier Reef

June 17, 2013 – In 2005, an international conservation organization WWF helped achieve a huge conservation success with an increase in the protected area cover of Australia‚Äôs famed Great Barrier Reef (GBR) from four to thirty-three percent, totalling 13 million ha, plus a zoning plan to ensure human impact on the GBR was sustainable. However, plans to build coal loading terminals, increase shipping and weaken coastal protection laws threaten the future of this iconic natural site. Even its World Heritage status is at risk, as is the US$6 billion reef-based…

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