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Australia plans to create the world's largest marine reserve.

Posted by on Jun. 15, 2012 at 11:28 AM
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Australia announces world’s largest marine reserve
Just in time for this week’s Rio+20 Earth Summit, Australia has announced its plans to create the world’s largest marine reserve, reports the BBC. The protected zone will cover more than a third of Australia’s waters (about 3 million square kilometers) and will include restrictions on fishing as well as oil and gas exploration. The announcement comes on the heels of another big environmental win, courtesy of the Australian government, which last week announced that it is putting a stop to a billion-dollar coal project that could negatively impact the Great Barrier Reef. Though this latest move to create a marine reserve didn’t quite go as far as some environmentalists groups would have liked, it’s a great first step in building resilient oceans, which are already being battered by overfishing, pollution, habitat loss, and now climate change impacts like ocean acidification. Find out more about Earthjustice’s work to push for building resilient ocean ecosystems.

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Machelle669
by on Jun. 15, 2012 at 11:28 AM
wow


kanake
by on Jun. 15, 2012 at 1:34 PM

this sounds nice

websorceress
by on Jun. 16, 2012 at 5:30 AM

It's about time, they are destroying everything without any regard for wild life or the well being of humans.........hopefully more preserves will go up around the world......somebody has to start saving this planet......

robertmommie
by Renee on Jun. 16, 2012 at 10:21 AM

I feel this way also.

Quoting websorceress:

It's about time, they are destroying everything without any regard for wild life or the well being of humans.........hopefully more preserves will go up around the world......somebody has to start saving this planet......


Ladyisis
by on Jun. 17, 2012 at 1:39 AM

Wow this is great!

EbonySnow
by Desiree on Jun. 17, 2012 at 12:11 PM

 fantastic

itsallabtthem84
by ~B~ on Jun. 20, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Good for them.

onecuteladybug2
by KT on Jun. 21, 2012 at 5:08 AM

That's great

sarahjz
by Platinum Member on Jun. 25, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Awesome.

kerryket
by Kerry on Jun. 25, 2012 at 6:36 PM

WTG ending the coal project!

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