The Great Australian Coral Reef is one of the most complex ecosystems on the planet, home to hundreds of species of fish.
Its great enemy is the tempests and also the rise of the temperature of the sea water. As the frequency and intensity of extreme events increases, the risk actually increases. Australian management of the Great Barrier Reef has been under fire following the largest coral loss ever, as a result of the strongest El Nino in 20 years, and the government’s commitment to combating climate change has also been insistently questioned.
The extra traffic in the zone would also imply an expansion of the company’s responsible terminal at the site, which, according to environmentalists, would still be worse for the delicate ecosystem. The danger is not unknown: in the middle of last year, UNESCO even threatened to place the site on the World Heritage List at risk – but it did not happen, even though pollution and climate change are great threats the coral reef as shown better signs of health. Despite this decision, the World Heritage Committee has made a point of expressing its “serious concern” about the state of the Barrier Reef and urges Australia to accelerate its efforts to improve water quality.