The Great Barrier Reef is priceless for so many reasons. It's millions of years old, it's the world's largest reef ecosystem, and it's home to more plants and animals than any other ecosystem. What is not to love about The Great Barrier Reef?
Post by Jon C. Day, James Cook University, originally appeared in The Conversation
The draft decision by UNESCO and IUCN proposes not to list the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) World Heritage Area as “in danger”, but it does put Australia on notice. It requests a progress report by 1 December 2016, vowing that if “the anticipated progress is not being made”, the GBR will be considered by the Committee in 2017.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the greatest natural treasures on the planet. And it needs our help. We find it hard to keep track of everything that's happening, places and names up at the Reef, so the team whipped up an infographic that really helped us and we want to share with you.
Everybody remembers their first dive. Well, take pity on me because my first dive was in Ireland, back in the 70s. I had no idea how great the underwater world could look until I moved to Australia, where I eventually made a living diving and educating people about the Great Barrier Reef.