Monday, July 6, 2015   

Pollution falling at Great Barrier Reef
(06-12 14:29)

Australia said it was confident the Great Barrier Reef would avoid a World Heritage downgrade after a new report card showed pollutants entering the water had been significantly reduced.
UNESCO had warned that without action on water quality and rampant coastal development, the reef -- covering an area roughly the size of Japan -- would be declared ''World Heritage in Danger.''
Queensland state Environment Minister Andrew Powell said progress had been made as he released a government report card on action taken to improve water quality since 2009.
''I don't expect that will happen,'' he said of a potential UN downgrade.
''We are likely to be successful ... because the facts speak to that. The reef is now on the pathway to long-term improvement.''--AFP
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