Australia to challenge Unesco downgrade of Great Barrier Reef

Undated photo shows the decline of large corals on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. – AFP/ARC Centre of Excellence/Andrea Dietzel handout, June 22, 2021.

AUSTRALIA will strongly oppose a Unesco plan to list the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger” over its deterioration caused by climate change, the government said Tuesday.

The UN body released a draft report yesterday recommending the reef’s World Heritage status be downgraded because of its dramatic coral decline.

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