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Government continues attack on Reef science

The Coalition and One Nation have cemented their position as science denialists, having spent Monday badgering some of Australia’s peak scientific bodies over the validity of Great Barrier Reef health findings during a Liberal-called Senate inquiry, the Greens said. 

Co-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens, Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, said the inquiry is nothing more than a political ploy to attempt to advance the Coalition’s position ahead of the Queensland state election, and further its culture war against science. 

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Crown of Thorns funding is bandaid solution while climate crisis is ignored

The Greens welcome any improvements to deal with Crown of Thorns starfish, but it is a bandaid solution while the big threats to the Reef - climate change and water quality – continue to be ignored.
 
“Funding COTs while ignoring climate and water quality is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic,” said Queensland Senator and Greens Leader in the Senate, Larissa Waters.
 
“The Great Barrier Reef has faced three of the worst coral bleaching episodes in its long history in the last five years, because of coal-driven climate change.
 

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Government risks Reef 'in danger listing with new coral bleaching

Coral bleaching in the far north of the Great Barrier Reef shows the Federal and Qld Governments are failing to deal with the impact of climate change on the natural icon and could see it listed on UNESCO’s ‘in danger’ list, according to the Greens.

Scientists have today reported significant coral bleaching at three locations in the Great Barrier Reef’s far north. There is a heightened alert for a potential mass bleaching event over the next two to four weeks.

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Great Barrier Reef plan isn't enough, despite Government spin: Greens

Australian Governments must do more to keep UNESCO from declaring the Great Barrier Reef ‘in danger’ including bold action on climate change and water quality, according to the Greens.
 
Co-deputy leader and Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters said, “The Reef report out today is an exercise in spin and not enough work has been done to ensure the natural icon’s long-term survival.
 
“The World Heritage Committee gave Australia homework four years ago, to show why the Reef shouldn’t be listed as “in danger”.
 

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Coalition and Labor’s Reef report card FAIL

The Australian and Queensland government’s Reef 2050 plan annual report is a total fail because it ignores the dangerous threat posed by global warming driven by mining and burning of coal and gas. 

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters said:

“The Reef Plan report card deserves a total fail for ignoring the impacts of global warming, under-funding water quality measures, and trying to gloss over the failure to reinstate strong land clearing laws.

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Minister Hunt’s sneaky attempt to co-opt Sir David’s Reef documentary to downplay impacts is offensive

Environment Minister Hunt's attempt to use Sir David Attenborough's documentary to downplay threats to the Great Barrier Reef, including those inflicted by the government, is disingenuous.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, Qld Senator Larissa Waters, who met Sir David Attenborough at the Paris climate talks where she watched parted of his documentary, said:

"Sir David Attenborough has long warned strongly of the grave impacts of global warming and is a leading supporter of the global transition to renewable energy.

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Greens call for $90 million funding boost for Reef Marine Park Authority and Reef scientists

The Australian Greens are calling for a funding boost for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority by $82 million over four years to help the Reef survive future bleaching events.

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, also committed to an extra $8 million over four years for the Australian Institute of Marine Science.   

"To save the Reef from global warming we must stop allowing new coal mines and transition to 100 per cent job-rich renewable energy as rapidly as possible," Senator Waters said.

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Level 3 bleaching event makes choice even more stark – it’s coral or coal

The Greens are calling on the Turnbull and Palaszczuk governments to stop allowing new coal mines in the wake of the coral bleaching threat increasing to three - the highest level.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said:

"Increased monitoring is important but if we continue to open new coal mines the monitoring results will only get worse and worse.

"Both the Liberal federal government and the Labor state government are letting the Reef be used as a highway for coal and gas.

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