で 文字 published last July
, 13 public figures
, former politicians and journalists
— urged leaders to act fast and
“セーブ” the reef
“We urge the world’s major emitters to undertake the most ambitious climate action under the Paris Agreement,” the letter read. “There is still time to save the Great Barrier Reef, but Australia and the world must act now.”
Morrison’s announcement Friday comes ahead of a general election expected in May.
The Australian Climate Council
, which is independent of the government
, dismissed Morrison’s pledge
, それを呼ぶ “a band-aid on a broken leg
” で ステートメント
“Unless you are cutting emissions deeply this decade the situation on the Reef will only get worse,” climate scientist and Professor of Biology at Macquarie University, Professor Lesley Hughes said in the statement.
In an interview with radio station 4A Cairns Friday, Morrison said emissions were falling under policies the government has put in place, which is beneficial for the reef.
“We’re achieving those outcomes, and we’re going to keep doing it because we’re passionate about it,” 彼は言った.
Impact of the climate crisis
The Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef, covers nearly 133,000 平方マイル (344,000 square kilometers) and is home to more than 1,500 types of fish, 以上 400 kinds of hard corals and dozens of other species.
But the effects of the climate crisis
, coupled with a series of natural disasters
, have had a devastating impact on the reef
. An Australian government five-year 調査
に 2019 found the condition of the natural wonder had deteriorated from
“エレクトロニックダンスミュージック” に “very poor.
The reef has lost
50% of its coral populations in the last three decades
, によると to a study published in October
2020 by researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
で 報告する published in June last year
, a UNESCO monitoring mission said that despite the Australian government’s work to improve the reef’s situation
, “there is no possible doubt that the property is facing ascertained danger.
But the Australian government has strongly objected to that conclusion. Environment Minister Sussan Ley flew to Europe last July as part of a last-ditch attempt to convince the other members of the World Heritage to vote against the measure. Australia is currently part of the 21-country rotating committee.
Morrison on Friday called the reef the “best managed” 世界中.
“Today we take our commitment to a new level,” 彼は言った.