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AustraliaRevealed: The bizarre plan to spend $400million of YOUR money on 'fake clouds' to save the Great Barrier Reef

21:33  11 july  2019
21:33  11 july  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Great Barrier Reef rapidly declining due to climate change: Report

Great Barrier Reef rapidly declining due to climate change: Report Concerns as health checks of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef suggest coral cover is declining sharply, posing a risk to thousands of tourism jobs and species that depend on the reef.

A bizarre $400million tax-payer funded rescue plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef from being destroyed by climate change has been revealed.

Revealed: The bizarre plan to spend $400million of YOUR money on 'fake clouds' to save the Great Barrier Reef © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The latest Australian Institute of Marine Science report is revealed shows there has been a general decline in coral cover in the reef over the last five years The Great Barrier Reef Foundation is expected to publish a 113-page plan on Friday, which details how it plans to spend a $444million federal grant to save the reef.

Man-made clouds, mist and shade cloths were all revealed to be the 'best option' to fend off solar radiation and protect the Great Barrier Reef from climate change, The Courier Mail reported.

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Comment: In reality, you don't really care about the Great Barrier Reef Australians can't claim to care about the Great Barrier Reef unless words are backed up with action.

Revealed: The bizarre plan to spend $400million of YOUR money on 'fake clouds' to save the Great Barrier Reef © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

While coral replanting and seeding to restore lost cover has been considered, experts have argued the exercise is not only costly but also labour intensive.

The foundation realised it needed to think outside of the box, so it partnered with a consortium of experts and devised the forward-thinking reef restoration plan.

The report concluded the best option for reef-wide protection lies in large scale solar radiation management, which led it to considering the radical approaches.

'The concept of creating shade through clouds, mist, fog, or surface films assumes that decreased solar radiation protects corals from bleaching,' the report stated.

Revealed: The bizarre plan to spend $400million of YOUR money on 'fake clouds' to save the Great Barrier Reef © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited According to the AIMS report, crown-of-thorn starfish (pictured) outbreaks, cyclones and coral bleaching events have been the most detrimental to the reef in recent years The GRBF report also found with the proper research and development effort, the goal of recovering the reef from the effects of climate change is possible.

Couple transform stunning Whitsundays resort to its former glory after it was destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Debbie

Couple transform stunning Whitsundays resort to its former glory after it was destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Debbie Laureth and Wayne Rumble bought Elysian Eco Retreat, on Long Island, in the wake of the natural disaster in 2017 and turned their attention to rebuilding the gem of tranquility.

The foundation drew emphasis to the hefty costs to replace heat-resistant coral in the reef, saying it would take as many as 700,000 divers working around the clock.

The report comes as the latest Australian Institute of Marine Science data found there has been a general decline in coral cover over the last five years.

According to the latest AIMS report, crown-of-thorn starfish outbreaks, cyclones and coral bleaching events have been the most detrimental to the reef in recent years.

Revealed: The bizarre plan to spend $400million of YOUR money on 'fake clouds' to save the Great Barrier Reef © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The AIM research also showed while healthy coral reefs had cover of up to 50 per cent, others areas were barren with sparse skeletons covered in turf algae

The AIM research also showed while healthy coral reefs had cover of up to 50 per cent, others areas were barren with sparse skeletons covered in turf algae.

The forward-thinking GBRF plan comes after Sir David Attenborough weighed in on the matter at a parliamentary inquiry in the United Kingdom on Tuesday.

The Queensland holiday resorts left in ruins

The Queensland holiday resorts left in ruins The Great Barrier Reef holiday was once the dream for Australians. But, today, half of the thirty resorts on and off the Queensland coast are decaying shells of their former glory. On Sunday 60 Minutes’ reporter Charles Wooley checks-in to the abandoned resorts and finds a paradise lost. There are many reasons for the decline in interest for these once-magnificent resorts. In 2011 cyclone Yasi wreaked havoc on the sunshine state, and a few years later cyclone Debbie added to the destruction. © 60 Minutes Charles Wooley at the abandoned site of the Lindeman Islands Club.

Mr Attenborough singled out Australian politicians for denying climate change exists and said 'we cannot be radical enough' when it comes to protecting natural assets.

The Australian Marine Conservation Society welcomed the new plan to solving the problem given the recent effects of bleaching and heatwaves on the reef.

AMCS Great Barrier Reef campaign manager Shani Tager said the nation must fight to protect the future of the reef.

'This is a burning red flag for our Reef and our nation,' she said.

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Revealed: The bizarre plan to spend $400million of YOUR money on 'fake clouds' to save the Great Barrier Reef
Revealed: The bizarre plan to spend $400million of YOUR money on 'fake clouds' to save the Great Barrier Reef
Revealed: The bizarre plan to spend $400million of YOUR money on 'fake clouds' to save the Great Barrier Reef
Revealed: The bizarre plan to spend $400million of YOUR money on 'fake clouds' to save the Great Barrier Reef
Revealed: The bizarre plan to spend $400million of YOUR money on 'fake clouds' to save the Great Barrier Reef
Revealed: The bizarre plan to spend $400million of YOUR money on 'fake clouds' to save the Great Barrier Reef
Revealed: The bizarre plan to spend $400million of YOUR money on 'fake clouds' to save the Great Barrier Reef
Revealed: The bizarre plan to spend $400million of YOUR money on 'fake clouds' to save the Great Barrier Reef
Revealed: The bizarre plan to spend $400million of YOUR money on 'fake clouds' to save the Great Barrier Reef
Revealed: The bizarre plan to spend $400million of YOUR money on 'fake clouds' to save the Great Barrier Reef
Revealed: The bizarre plan to spend $400million of YOUR money on 'fake clouds' to save the Great Barrier Reef

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