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Australia Creates World’s Largest Marine Park and Bans Drilling

Australia will create the largest network of marine parks in the world, protecting waters covering an area as large as India while banning oil and gas exploration and limiting commercial fishing in some of the most sensitive areas.

Australia’s marine reserves will increase from 27 to 60 under the new scheme, covering more than 3 million sq km, or one third of the island nation’s waters.

The announcement of the network was made a week before more than 130 heads of state and government will gather in Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations’ sustainable development conference as part of global efforts to curb climate change, one of the biggest conferences in U.N. history.

New reserves will be established from the Perth Canyon in the southwest to Kangaroo Island off the southern coast, but the “jewel in the crown” will be the protection of the Coral Sea area which surrounds the Great Barrier Reef in the northeast, Environment Minister Tony Burke said on Thursday.

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Australia Environment Minister Cautious Over Rio’s Bauxite Expansion – FOXBusiness

MELBOURNE – Australia’s federal environment minister said Thursday that he wouldn’t apologize for his caution over a proposal by Rio Tinto PLC (RIO) to expand its bauxite mining operations in Queensland state. A word of words has erupted …
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Australia puts on hold a revamp of environment laws – Earthtimes

A comprehensive review calling for a shakeup of environment laws in Australia has been put on the back burner for two years, prompting criticism from its author. The Hawke Review , led by Dr Allan Hawke, formerly secretary of the Defence Department, looked …
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Technical Officer – Benthic Ecology : Townsville, Queensland, Australia – Nature.com

The Australian Institute of Marine Science ( AIMS ) is an internationally renowned, world leader in the science underpinning sustainable development, conservation and management of tropical marine environments …
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