Australia's leading marine scientists demand governments take better care of the Great Barrier Reef just weeks from key UN meeting considering impacts of proposed coal and gas development at the world heritage site.
Currently, tourism in the Great Barrier Reef generates $4.228 billion in Australia- a major money source to the Australian economy. With this however, over the past few years, tourism has also led to the damage of the reefs.
"The Australian government adopted a water quality target which revolved around 'reducing human-cause imputs into the world Heritage Area of silt, nutrients, toxic pesticides, herbicides, and other toxic pollutants to as close to zero as possible.."
Scientists are demanding action with an increase to damage in the reefs. Being home to many unique biophysical processes, it is vital that action takes place to preserve these endangered and precious species.
Last year, the Sydney air quality breached the national standards, with over 30 days of high air pollution.
"Air quality was a major environmental and health issue in the Sydney Basin, with experts putting the cost to human health at more than $4.7 billion each year."
Many biophysical processes have been disturbed by this increase in air pollution in sydney, including that of crane flies (etc) , as well as contributing to global warning. Not only have wildlife been impacted by this air pollution, but human health is put at risk by an estimated $4.7 billion a year.
There needs to be some governmnent action to make sure that air quality levels are maintained under the National Air Quality Standards.
Ivanpah, the world's largest solar thermal plant, is to begin generating power this summer. Challenges included relocating a population of endangered desert tortoises.
Emma Khoury's insight:
Spatial dimension: Ivanpah Desert, California.
There are many advantages to the use of solar energy. Being a natural source of energy from the sun, solar energy can be harnessed and generated for electrical uses such as powering domestic aplliances; as well as on a larger scale, it can be used to fuel companies. Solar energy may also be used as a source of heat energy and is often used in today's world to heat pools and homes.
Although solar energy has many advantages which make it a clean and affordable energy source, large areas of land are needed to set up solar thermal plants. Solar thermal plants are stations covered in solar technology which harness and power solar energy to various parts of the world. The negative side to this is that natural habitats to various animals and plants are destroyed to make room to build these solar thermal plant stations.
Currently, the government is looking at building "the World's largest" solar thermal plant station in Ivanpah which would mean that the home of many species would be lost. In particular, the already dangered desert tortoise will be forced to relocate which might result in extinction. Therefore, the biophysical processes of the desert tortoise will be disturbed [see image below of the desert tortoise].
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