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UNESCO condemns dredge waste dumping in Barrier Reef waters

Source: http://zeenews.india.com, Date: May , 2014

UNESCO on Thursday condemned a decision to allow the dumping of dredge waste in Great Barrier Reef waters and recommended the Australian marine park be considered for inclusion on the World Heritage in Danger list.

The decision in January to allow three million cubic meters of dredge waste to be disposed of in park waters followed a decision by the government to give the green light to a major coal port expansion for India's Adani Group on the reef coast in December.

Conservationists warn it could hasten the demise of the reef, which is already considered to be in "poor" health, with dredging smothering corals and sea grasses and exposing them to poisons and elevated levels of nutrients.


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