November 29, 2016

The mining and burning of fossil fuels is destroying the Reef:

The mining and burning of fossil fuels is demonstrably killing the Great Barrier Reef, say Australia in light of a new report that shows huge amounts of coral have died since the last bleaching event.

The dieback of corals due to bleaching in just 8-9 months is the largest loss ever recorded for the Great Barrier Reef.

“Climate change is killing the Great Barrier Reef. It is heartbreaking to see the survey results that show in some parts of the reef more than two thirds of the coral has died following the bleaching event six months ago,” Campaign’s Director, Charlie Wood said.

“This spells the destruction of one of the world’s most iconic natural wonders and it is on the Turnbull Government’s watch.

“The continued mining and burning of coal, oil and gas is irreparably damaging the climate. If we want our kids to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef for generations to come, we must act now to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

“This devastating data shows once again that it is unconscionable for the Adani coal mine – which would be the biggest coal mine in the world – to go ahead. It would spell the end of the Reef and smash any chance of a safe climate future.”

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