The Australian government has pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to protect the Great Barrier Reef, the largest single investment in the contested ecosystem of all time.
The government of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on Sunday that it would spend more than AU $ 500 million or $ 379 million in dollars to protect the reef in partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. The reef has lost a large percentage of its coral in recent decades due to a variety of environmental pressures.
The funds will be used to combat water pollution, predatory coral-starfish, public awareness and reef surveillance (1
19659004] "Our contribution to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation represents the" Josh Frydenberg, Australia's environment and energy minister, said in a commentary that "the right plan and the right investment" will ensure the survival of the reef. [196592002EinigeUmweltschützerbefürchtenjedochdassdieAktionnichtaufdaseigentlicheProblemabzielt:dieglobaleErwärmung The world's largest coral reef, stretching over 133,000 square kilometers, has been subjected to extreme environmental pollution in recent years until a fake obituary written for him in 2016 became viral.
Coral bleaching due to warming of water temperatures According to a recent study, nearly 30 percent of the reefs have already been destroyed.
Crowns of thorns eating coral were also blamed for much of the coral decline between 1985 and 2012 The Australian Oceanographic Institute.
Although some fear that much of the damage can not be undone, John Schubert, chairman of The Great Barrier Reef Foundation, believes the government's attention is giving the reef "real hope."
"Today's big investment brings real solutions within reach, and these funds represent an unprecedented opportunity to create a legacy of hope for future generations," said Schubert.
But not only local efforts are needed, stressed Schubert.
Schubert pointed to governments' ongoing commitments The Paris Climate Agreement of 2015, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, is an important prerequisite for the survival of the reef.
President Donald Trump announced in 2017 that the US will withdraw from the historic agreement.
Kelly O & # 39; Shanassy, CEO of the Australian Conservation Foundation, also emphasized that climate change and the use of fossil fuels are the main causes of the destruction of the reef .
"We need real action to clean up coal and shift energy," she tweeted.
Bill McKibben, an American environmentalist who calls the global grassroots Climate Movement Established 350.org (19659002) "Science is aware of what kills corals at the Great Barrier Reef – it's the excess heat that comes from burning fossil fuels," he told the New York Times. "If the Turnbull government were serious about saving the reef, they would be willing to take on the industry responsible for the damage."