17 February 2006

Great Barrier Reef: Climate change threat not overstated

The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) says the threat climate change poses to the Great Barrier Reef cannot be overstated.

Federal Tourism Minister Ian Macfarlane has been reported as saying the threat to the reef has been exaggerated.

Ray Berkelmans from AIMS says while the reef is generally in good health, climate change poses a significant threat.

"Most scientists as well as the reef managers would agree that in the medium to longer term, climate change is a real threat to the reef, not just ours but to reefs globally but how that impacts on tourism is a totally different thing," he said.

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Source: www.abc.net.au/news


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