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Following countless studies surrounding the bleaching of two-thirds of the corals in the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef, which have died in the reef’s worst-ever bleaching event, Australian tourism has been pushed to renamed the natural wonder of the world.
Tourism Queensland and Tourism Australia have been told by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) that not changing the name of the landmark would constitute false advertising.
The newly proposed name, which has been put forward by both state and federal members in that part of the world, is “The Adequate Barrier Reef”.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has come out in support of the idea, stating that a name-change could help environmentalists get realistic about the reef’s current spot on her list of priorities.
“When you’ve got Adani mine looking like it could provide upwards of 1500 jobs to out-of-state FIFOs, it’s kind of like, sorry but tough titties for your little water garden”
On some reefs in the north, nearly all the corals have died. However the impact of bleaching eases as we move south, and reefs in the central and southern regions (around Cairns and Townsville) were much less affected, and are now recovering. It is these particular areas that climate change sceptics put forward as an example of why the catastrophic bleaching episode is nothing more than a myth created to de-industrialise Australia
The Great Barrier Reef bleached severely for the first time in 1998, then in 2002, and again in 2016. This year’s event was more extreme than the two previous mass bleachings.
When asked for comment, the Prime Minister’s office stated that anyone who wants to put that much of a national focus on environmentalism has mental health problems – and it’s probably not as bad as the scientists think – and at least they stopped the boats.
More to come.