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UNESCO keeps Great Barrier Reef off “in danger” list after Australian lobbying

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By Colin Packham CANBERRA (Reuters) -The Great Barrier Reef will not be added to a list of World Heritage Sites that are “in danger” after a U.N. panel on Friday agreed to defer a vote until 2022 amid intensive lobbying by Australia. A United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) committee last month recommended the Great Barrier Reef be classified as “in danger”, drawing an angry response from Australia. Desperate to avoid a politically embarrassing classification for a tourist attraction that draws about 5 million people each year and supports nearly 70,000 jobs …

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