The threats to the internationally significant Great Barrier Reef are huge and unprecedented. The decision making processes by conservative and ‘progressive’ governments have been tainted by conflicts of interest, fast-tracking of process, and simply ignoring the warnings of the specialist scientific community.
Alongside land run-off, the greatest risk to the survival of the Great Barrier Reef is climate change. A 2 degree rise in average temperatures puts the Reef at extreme risk. Much more will ring the death knell for the Great Barrier Reef and the 70,000 local jobs that rely on it’s health. The climate impacts of the Galilee Basin coal mining projects would dwarf any other impacts on the Reef.