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    WWF campaign about dumping on the Great Barrier Reef's World Heritage waters.

    I know this is a sight for bargains but I think this important for all Australians and our future wealth especially for tourism!!

    This is reality of what dumping in the Reef’s World Heritage waters really looks like.




    A photo like this is much more powerful than words - help break this image on Facebook by hitting share now.

    The photo was taken just last week in Cairns and shows dredge spoil - a mix of sand, mud and seabed - being dumped straight in the Reef’s World Heritage waters. Maintenance dredging is a necessary activity at big existing ports like Cairns - but simply dumping the dredge spoil in the Reef’s waters is not.

    The contrast couldn’t be more stark. The Reef’s sparkling blue-green water and the tropical mountains of Cairns… set against the plumes of sludge, spewing out of the ‘cutter’ as it’s dumped into the Reef’s waters.

    Together we’ve achieved some really important wins recently. Just last month, the Government has promised not to go ahead with sea-dumping at Abbot Point - which is important progress, and we should be really proud.

    But these images are the shock we need to stay focussed - the Government must ban all dumping in the Great Barrier Reef’s World Heritage Water. Dumping at-sea shouldn’t happen now - and it shouldn’t happen in the future.

    We need to show the world what’s really going on - and social media is the perfect platform for spreading this kind of powerful information.

    Share the pic on Facebook to help people understand what dumping really looks like.
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    I can see people's concern but even WWF just list the spoil as "dredge spoil - a mix of sand, mud and seabed" if it is spread over a large enough area it shouldn't cause too much of a problem. I don't really see it much different to what a river would spew out, fair enough if there are nasties in it or they dump so much in one spot the the life on the seabed dies.
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    you're right if it's spread wide, but there's been a fair bit of evidence that they're clogging the coral. The rivers never removed much soil before we started farming in QLD due to the lush vegetation.
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    When was the pic taken?

    The way it's been reported in the UK is basically the entire coral reef is pretty much covered in mud or dead. Might be the reason for a lot of tourism decline in Australia, the weakening Aussie Dollar should solve that problem though.

    Looks like there may not be coral for much longer if you look at this report: Survey finds Great Barrier Reef coral losing strength

    Seems as carbon dioxide dissolves in water it makes the water less of a base, it's still not acidic yet, but it's no where near in the range of base it should be for coral and soft shell animals to form their shells. Not good.

    That said the world is much greener than 10 years ago as trees are flourishing and taking in a lot more carbon, so if we don't cut down too many more and hopefully plant more we'll be able to capture more carbon quicker as there's more to capture.

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    Gav, you are pretty good at internetting, I'd imagine that if the majority of coral was covered there would be pics all over the internet but I have searched and come up with nothing.

    I don't trust the gov or mining companies but environmentalists spin so much crap at times, they raise a lot of important issues but speak many untruths.


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