After frantic lobbying by Australia, WH Committee opts not to put Great Barrier Reef on Danger List

The Great Barrier Reef will not be placed on a list of world heritage sites “in danger” after a global lobbying effort from Australia against the proposed listing.

The 21-country World Heritage Committee on Friday ignored a scientific assessment from the UN’s science and culture organisation, Unesco, that the reef was clearly in danger from climate change and so should be placed on the list.

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Nine foundations on Wednesday pledged a total of $5 billion to protect and conserve 30 percent of the planet by 2030 — marking the largest-ever private funding commitment to biodiversity. The foun