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Australia Great Barrier Reef remains endangered

August 13, 2014

Australia's Great Barrier Reef remains under threat despite efforts to protect the World Heritage site, the government said yesterday.

"Even with the recent management initiatives to reduce threats and improve resilience, the overall outlook for the Great Barrier Reef is poor, has worsened since 2009 and is expected to further deteriorate," the government said.

The reef, which stretches 2,300km (1,430 miles) along Australia's east coast, has the world's largest collection of coral reefs, with 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish, 4,000 types of mollusc and is home to threatened species including the dugong and large green turtle.

Unesco has deferred until next year a decision on whether to place the reef on its endangered list. Run-off from farms and climate change remain the biggest threats to the reef. Reuters Melbourne

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Source: Guardian (UK)

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