UNESCO is urging Australian authorities to take action and place the Great Barrier Reef on the heritage list of sites that are “in danger”.
If the recommendation is followed, it will be the first time a natural world heritage site has been placed on the list as a result of climate change.
Australia’s environment minister, Susan Lay says she has joined the foreign affairs minister to contact Unesco’s director-general.
Ley says the government will “strongly oppose” the recommendation, describing the suggestion as a “backflip on previous assurances” that this would not happen.
Generally, “in danger” listings follow the after-effects of armed conflict, war, pollution and excessive urbanisation.
The UNESCO report says Australia’s 2050 reef plan “requires stronger and clearer commitments… urgently countering the effects of climate change”.
Meanwhile, Ley says “the government will contest this flawed approach, which is one that has been taken without adequate consultation.”
Ley believes climate change is the biggest threat to the reef, but the world heritage committee is “not the forum to make a point” about it.
“You weren’t blindsided, you had your eyes open”
Meanwhile Greens senator Sarah Hanson Young has slammed these comments on Twitter saying quote “Australia’s Environment minister says her government was “blindsided by the UN declaring the great barrier reef in danger.
Ahh no. You weren’t blindsided you had your eyes closed, you ignored the science and kept taking donations from the fossil fuel industry.”
Russia abandons Black Sea outpost ‘Snake Island
Russia has departed the strategic Black Sea outpost ‘Snake Island’ with many viewing this as a win for Ukraine
The abandonment of this outpost could loosen Russia’s grip over Ukrainian ports.
Russia says the withdrawal is a “gesture of goodwill” demonstrating it is not obstructing U.N. efforts to open a humanitarian corridor.
But Ukraine disputes this, saying its military forces have driven Russia away, following an artillery and missile assault.
The chief of staff to Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted “KABOOM!”,confirming no Russian troops are on the Snake Island anymore.
This of course comes as Sweden and Finland join NATO, with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg noting the strategic alliance is ready for all eventualities.
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The U.S. and NATO will stick by Ukraine for ‘as long as it takes’ continuing to aid the nation as it stands up to Putin’s war machine
As the historic summit wraps up, the military alliance has promised to deliver hundreds of thousands of additional troops to defend eastern Europe.
Joe Biden also announced a further $800 million in military aid for Ukraine.
When pressed about just how much financial aid the U.S. can provide, Biden remained firm in his support for the war-torn country.
The war is now in its fifth month, and not even the U-S President is game to predict how the conflict is going to end, but he is confident it won’t end with a Russian defeat of Ukraine.
Biden labeled the NATO summit ‘historic’ as the West reacts to ongoing Russian aggression and the ever-increasing global dominance of China.
Richard Branson offers support to Kyiv on an historic visit
Billionaire Richard Branson has visited Kyiv, where he met with President Zelensky
Richard Branson has toured some of the sites where Russian attacks have devastated Ukraine.
He says the sights are “appalling” and describes Russia’s military presence as “an invasion”.
The pair reportedly discussed assistance the billionaire can offer, and comes days after the Ukraine capital city was bombed for the first time in weeks.
Branson is the latest in a string of big names to visit the war-torn nation, and comes just a day after Sean Penn visited President Zelensky.
The Virgin Chief Executive visited in Poland, where he met with business leaders.
“The least the rest of the world can do is to give our unwavering and unconditional support until the last Russian soldier leaves Ukrainian territory,” he says.
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