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Australia Orders Waste Dumping Ban On Great Barrier Reef - Yahoo News

concluding that it should not be listed as in danger". The reef also faces threats from climate change, nutrients washing into the sea and the destructive crown-of-thorns starfish, and the government was working on each of them, he added in a statement. But he said water quality was improving, coral-eating starfish were being culled and stricter management regimes have been put in place for shipping and developments, including ports. "Australians are proud of the reef and it remains one of the great natural wonders of the world," he said. "We are determined to protect and manage the Great Barrier Reef not just for the coming decades, but for coming centuries." The park where the ban will apply almost totally overlaps with an expanse http://noxo40i.livejournal.com designated as a World Heritage Area, but it does not include most islands and ports, as well as lakes and other waterways in the link heritage area. Environmental groups have urged the minister to go a step further and prohibit the dumping of dredge soil throughout the World Heritage Area, not just within the marine park.
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