Great Barrier Reef meets criteria for ‘world heritage site in danger'

In a meeting last week of the Reef 2050 advisory committee, which provides advice to state and federal environment ministers on the progress of the Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan  released in 2015 with the aim to “ensure the Great Barrier Reef continues to improve on its outstanding universal values,” experts have told the committee that the plan is no longer achievable due to the impacts of climate change. Back-to-back bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, have contributed to the worst coral die-off ever recorded, killing almost half of the coral, with the risk of such events increasing in the coming years, virtually guaranteeing further loss of coral and biodiversity, and leading environmental lawyers to say the reef meets criteria for 'in danger' listing by Unesco. To find out more go to Great Barrier Reef 2050 plan no longer achievable due to climate change, experts say.