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Great Barrier Reef now rated 'poor'

from The Age

The health of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef has been downgraded to "poor" as the Australian government quietly pushed some of the pollution targets that were supposed to be achieved this year back five years. In 2009, former environment minister Peter Garrett approved a plan to cut the chemical and fertilizer runoff that is poisoning the reef by a minimum of 50 percent by this year — a level then seen as essential for saving the reef. But the fresh plan, announced by new environment minister Mark Butler recently in a bid to avoid having the reef's World Heritage status downgraded, shifts some of the targets back to 2018. more

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