Great Barrier Reef in dire straits without extra $500m and ban on dumping.

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TheGreat Barrier Reefrisks being officially listed as “in danger” unless Australia provides greater funding to reduce pollution and widens a ban on dumping sediment into the reef’s waters, environment groups have told the UN.

In a joint submission toUnesco’s world heritage committee, the World Wildlife Fund and the Australian Marine Conservation Society claim that key concerns over the fading health of the reef are still not being addressed.

The groups call for an additional $500m to prevent chemicals from farmed land flowing on to the reef and better resourcing of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority so it can become a “true champion of the reef”.

The submission also urges the Australian government to ban dumping of dredged seabed material into the reef’s world heritage area. The federal government hascommitted to banning dumping, but only in the reef’s marine park, which does not…

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