The Australian government said on Tuesday that it would oppose a plan by UNESCO to downgrade the World Heritage status of the Great Barrier Reef following years of damage caused by climate change. DW News reports that, pointing out that the country had spent billions of dollars on trying to protect the reef, Australia’s Environmental Minister Sussan Ley said that it was “wrong … to single out the best-managed reef in the world for an ‘in danger’ listing,” and that the decision sent “a poor signal” to countries that are doing even less than Australia to protect their natural environments.
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