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Great Barrier Reef desperation

The prospect of sprinkling cool water on the ocean or erecting sailcloth shades over Barrier Reef coral to offset climate change indicates tragic desperation, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
 
"Queensland is the world's biggest coal exporter facing one of the world's greatest environmental tragedies," Senator Brown said.
 
"While John Howard insists Australia remain the world's biggest coal exporter, the Barrier Reef faces wholesale destruction," Senator Brown said.
 
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10 climate crimes

 
The Howard Policy Agenda 1996 to 2006
 
Over the last 10 years the Howard government has repeatedly pushed climate change policy in the wrong direction. The economics of climate change are straight forward, we need to charge polluters for their emissions and give people and companies incentives to increase efficiency. The politics of climate change, however, has encouraged the Howard Government to spend billions of dollars pushing the economy in the wrong direction. The biggest mistakes of the last decade are:
 

Perverse policy measure

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Govt hides from global scrutiny of climate damage to Great Barrier Reef

The federal government today was exposed in Parliament for trying to hide from global scrutiny of climate damage to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson Senator Christine Milne said.
 
"By refusing to back a motion calling for the government to support the listing of the Great Barrier Reef as World Heritage 'in danger', the government signalled that it will not support the 'in danger' listing at the World Heritage Committee meeting in Paris later this year," Senator Milne said in Canberra.
 

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Govt rejects call for 2005 ban on single-hulled tankers

Great Barrier Reef at risk The Great Barrier Reef and other marine protected areas will continue to be at risk from oil spills after the federal government today rejected a move by the Australian Greens to accelerate maritime safety measures.

Greens Senator for Tasmania, Christine Milne, moved in the Senate for the government to bring forward the date by which single-hulled tankers will be banned from Australian waters from 2010 to December 2005.

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