Great Barrier Reef row piles pressure on Australia for climate action

23 June 2021

Australia needs to respond to a U.N. warning on the threat to its iconic Great Barrier Reef with bolder climate policies that cut planet-heating emissions further and create a greener economy, environmentalists and researchers said on Wednesday.

The world’s most extensive and spectacular coral reef ecosystem - off Australia’s northeastern coast - should be added to a list of World Heritage sites that are “in danger”, a U.N. panel said this week, drawing an angry response from Australia.

The final decision is expected to be made by the World Heritage Committee in July.

“I hope the most important outcome of the recommendation is that it triggers much more positive and vigorous action from the Australian government in reducing our own greenhouse gas emissions, rapidly and deeply,” said Will Steffen, a climate scientist and professor at the Australian National University.

Read the full article on the Reuters website, featuring Emeritus Prof Will Steffen