PODCAST: GREAT BARRIER REEF’S PROBLEMS BOTH GLOBAL AND LOCAL

All is not well with the 1,400 miles of coral off of Australia’s east coast.

The warming waters of climate change as well as runoff from farms, ranches and factories have made 2016 the most damaging year in history for the Great Barrier Reef. More than 90 percent of the reef’s coral has been affected in some way by bleaching.

Murray Griffin, Bloomberg BNA’s Australia correspondent, said it’s no exaggeration to call what’s happening to the reef a crisis.

Great Barrier Reef

For the latest episode of our environmental policy podcast, Parts Per Billion, we spoke with Murray about the economic and political obstacles that are making it hard for the country to repair the damage to the reef. Murray also outlined what will happen if Australia can’t make huge strides within the next one to two years.

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