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Pesticides Damaging Great Barrier Reef

In the last decades, the largest reef system in the world has experienced trouble because of climate change, but the BBC is reporting that a new Australian government water quality report indicates the reef is under attack from another source- pesticides.

The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world’s biggest structure made from living organisms. The reef supports a wide diversity of life and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981. CNN labeled it as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

The first Australian government report on water quality has found that agricultural pesticides from the local sugar cane industry is causing signficant damage. While recent flooding and a cyclone had an impact, the report claims that farmers are using unacceptable practices. Sugar cane farmers argue that they have improved their practices.

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