Australia says Barrier Reef water quality on the mend

Agence France-Presse: Australia on Thursday said it was confident the Great Barrier Reef will avoid a World Heritage downgrade after a new report card showed pollutants entering the water had been significantly reduced. UNESCO has warned that without action on water quality and rampant coastal development the reef -- covering an area roughly the size of Japan -- would be declared "World Heritage in Danger". Queensland state Environment Minister Andrew Powell said progress had been made as he released a government......

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