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Did Queensland Resources Council urge Great Barrier Reef experts to ignore climate change?

Queensland Resources Council denies urging Great Barrier Reef experts to ignore climate change, ABC, By Louisa Rebgetz, 2 Aug 17, The mining industry’s lobby group urged key advisors on the Great Barrier Reef not to consider climate change in the Reef 2050 plan, according to documents.

However, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said its position on climate change had been misrepresented in the notes, taken at Reef Advisory Committee (RAC) meetings in May this year.

The RAC’s role is to advise marine park authorities on ways to address risks to the reef and to assist with policy development.

The ABC has obtained an earlier copy of two reports by the Reef 2050 Independent Expert Panel and the RAC from meetings to advise on responding to mass coral bleaching events on the reef.

Committee members expressed the view both the Australian and Queensland Government’s position on coal extraction was “not consistent with its position on protecting the Great Barrier Reef” and stated the Adani’s Carmichael coal mine “should not proceed”.

The documents contained notes detailing the QRC’s position and stated the QRC did not support the committee making statements regarding climate change.

According to the notes, the QRC argued there was no direct scientific link between coal mining and climate change.

“NOTE — Queensland Resources Council believes that the Reef 2050 Plan should continue to focus on actions to support coral resilience but should not deal with direct action to address climate change,”…….


August 7, 2017 - Posted by | climate change - global warming, Queensland

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