GREAT BARRIER REEF AVOIDS UNESCO’S “ENDANGERED” LISTING
Australian government officials welcomed a decision by the United Nations' Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) not to list the Great Barrier Reef among World Heritage Sites considered "in danger." Effects of climate change and coastal development prompted the organization to review the status of the world's largest reef in May. The recent determination affirms the earlier decision that the reef does not warrant endangered status. Fears of impacts that a listing may have on coastal development, including marine export terminals, prompted the national and Queensland governments to take affirmative steps to help avoid a listing. Measures included the prohibition of all dredge disposal in the reef and restrictions on port development. For the full story, see http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-01/australia-welcomes-unesco-decision-on-great-barrier-reef.