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“This will kill the Great Barrier Reef as we know it”



UNESCO’s recent ruling to not list the Great Barrier Reef has been met with critisim

After much anticipation, the World Heritage Committee has decided to not list the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger”.

The Australian Government reacted angrily when the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) released a draft decision in late June to place the reef on the “in danger” list.

Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe says the Australian Government must take action urgently, to protect the reef.

“it’s clearly a political decision, and not one that benefits the environment at all. It just goes to show that the government with the international fossil fuel industry might have made a deal to ensure that this didn’t go ahead.”

“The Great Barrier Reef has been in trouble for decades. And the UN so alerted us to the fact you know, a decade ago saying that it was on the extreme concern listing. And since then, we’ve had three bleaching. So it’s got worse.”

Senator Thorpe Says.

Environmental activists slam UNESCO decision

The ruling to not classify the Barrier Reef as an endangered World Heritage Site has been heavily critisised.

Senator Thorpe says despite extensive climate change-spurred damage to the ecosystem’s corals – nothing seems to be getting actioned by leaders.

Thorpe and the Greens have been lobbying the Federal Government to take action and save the reef, which has expereicned three bleeching incidents since 2016.

The bleeching to the 2,300-km-long ecosystem was caused by rising ocean temperatures due to global warming.

Areas once teeming with vibrant corals have become lifeless washed-out wastelands, and two-thirds of the reef is believed to have been damaged in some way.

“They’re not basing it on science. They’re basing it on a political decision”

Despite the damage, the reef remains a vital tourist draw for Australia, which had feared an “in danger” label could deter post-pandemic visitors.

Australia’s Environment Minister Sussan Ley had flown to Paris earlier this month to personally lobby member states on the committee, while key ambassadors were invited on a reef snorkelling trip.

Last week Sussan Ley welcomed the decision and thanked the “esteemed delegates for recognising Australia’s commitment to protecting the Great Barrier Reef”.

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Helicopter carrying Iran’s President Raisi crashes



A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his foreign minister crashed on Sunday as it was crossing mountain terrain in heavy fog.

The official said the lives of Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian were “at risk following the helicopter crash”, which happened on the way back from a visit to the border with Azerbaijan in Iran’s northwest.

“We are still hopeful but information coming from the crash site is very concerning,” the official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A helicopter carrying President Ebrahim Raisi takes off, May 19, 2024. Ali Hamed Haghdoust/IRNA/WANA via REUTERS

State TV quoted an official as saying at least one passenger and one crew member had been in contact with rescuers. It also said the helicopter had been found, though Iran’s Red Crescent denied this report.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who holds ultimate power with a final say on foreign policy and Iran’s nuclear programme, sought to reassure Iranians, saying there would be no disruption to state affairs. #iran #trending

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Why Australia is becoming the new home of the Hollywood blockbuster



Australia’s multimillion-dollar campaign to attract Hollywood productions to its shores appears to be paying off.

The allure of Australia lies not only in its picturesque locations but also in its competitive financial incentives.

The government offers generous rebates and tax breaks to international productions, making it an attractive proposition for filmmakers looking to maximise their budgets.

Despite the recent intake of Hollywood productions down under such as ‘The Fall Guy’ and ‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’, Aussie independents are still finding the space to carve their own creative path.

Rob Fantozzi joined the program to discuss the latest in Hollywood, and showcased his own upcoming project – ‘Omerta‘. #featured

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Portal between countries shut down after international flashing



An international video portal has been forced to shut down after an OnlyFans model reportedly flashed passersby from across the globe.

On this episode of Ahron and Mike Live – Which would you prefer; pay rise or work perks, an international portal closes, the military reveal a submarine stingray and are you on a top or bottom burger bun?

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Mike Loder discuss. #featured #trending

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