A predicted rise in coal exports from Queensland's costal ports has resulted in an immense growth in shipping through the waters of the Coral Sea, which contains the Great Barrier Reef. As part of the new port expansion development, millions of cubic meters of the sea floor is being removed, endangering the Great Barrier Reef.
The Great Barrier Reef has slowly become more fragile with the increase of oil tankers, fishing trade and damage to the ecosystem. The Australian Federal Government and the Queensland State Government are both assigned with the difficult task of protecting the Great Barrier Reef and the surrounding habitats; however, the Queensland State Government recently approved the expansion of the Abbot and Coral Ports. The issue with this is that this area is inside the World Heritage Site.
Deputy leader Christine Milne stated "coal or the climate”. I believe this statement has not been discussed upon enough as the Government blindly approved the port expansion with the thoughts of economy instead of environment. The environment is a major concern in the world as it is slowly being destroyed. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has attempted to protect the major heritage sites as they fear they would be destroyed. They chose to make the Great Barrier Reef a World Heritage Site for a reason, and I believe that the Queensland State Government disregarded UNESCO decision.
The Queensland State Government stated that "the Coal Seam Gas (CSG) exploration is cleaner than the traditional coal mining". The Four Corners television program did research on the case and discovered that the mining is still highly hazardous to the environment, and has many impacts aside from the C02 emissions created. The Mackay Conservation Group also investigated this issue and discovered that, at its peak, Queensland coal will be responsible for more than 12% of worlds C02 emissions. The spokesperson for the Mackay...