Australia insisted Friday that protecting the Great Barrier Reef was a top priority, but conservationists WWF said not enough had been done to prevent UNESCO deeming it a world heritage site "in danger".
Bleaching on a coral reef near Halfway Island in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, October 2, 2012. Australia has insisted that protecting the Great Barrier Reef is a top priority, but conservation group WWF said not enough was being done to prevent UNESCO from deeming it a world heritage site "in danger".
In June, UNESCO demanded decisive action from Australia to protect the world's largest coral reef from a gas and mining boom and increasing coastal development, or risk the embarrassment of seeing it put on the danger list.
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