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Australia: Bishop appeals for action to save Great Barrier Reef

Satellite image. Part of Great Barrier Reef

Satellite image. Part of Great Barrier Reef

Damage to the Great Barrier Reef in the wake of Cyclone Debbie has prompted one of Queensland’s bishops to renew a call for greater environmental protection, Australia’s Catholic Leader reports.

“Speaking as a former industrial chemist, I note that there has been tremendous damage done to the reef by the run-off of waters and untreated effluent contained by our industries,” Rockhampton Bishop Michael McCarthy said.

Bishop McCarthy has spoken out after many reefs off the north Queensland coast were pummelled and broken by extreme weather.

To read on see: http://catholicleader.com.au/news/rockhampton-bishop-speaks-out-after-coral-reef-pummelled-by-cyclone-debbie