/ 23 July 2021

Oz gets by with a little help from our friends

There’s likely to be a delay to UNESCO’s listing of the Great Barrier Reef as ‘in danger’ when the committee convenes to vote tonight. Reports say 12 nations support the Australian Government’s move to delay the decision until 2023. In June, the 21 countries on the World Heritage Committee voted in favour of the draft ruling that would see the Reef the first site in the world to be downgraded over climate change concerns. Environment Minister Sussan Ley says the move would unfairly target Australia. The Reef’s not the only site feeling targeted by UNESCO – England’s Liverpool lost its world heritage status because the committee says recent urban development had ruined the city’s “authenticity and integrity”. Local officials say committee members have not taken a ferry cross the Mersey in a decade…

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