World Heritage Committee agrees not to place Great Barrier Reef on ‘in danger’ list

World Heritage Committee agrees not to place Great Barrier Reef on ‘in danger’ list

Unesco says ‘the facts are the facts and the science is the science’ after its recommendation is ignored

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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