Great Barrier Reef off endangered World Heritage list for time being Jul 25, 2021 0 304 12345 dpaBeijing Despite threats from climate change and poor water quality, the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia has escaped classification as an endangered World Heritage Site, at least for the time being.The responsible committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) decided on Friday in Fuzhou, China to postpone the decision on the world’s largest reef until 2023.The committee followed Australia’s request for a delay, with a majority of the 21 member countries on its side.Australia is now to submit a new report on the condition and conservation of the Great Barrier Reef before the committee will again discuss a potential Red List entry.The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) emphasised that the reef already met “all criteria” for a listing as “endangered.” In the resolution, the World Heritage Committee also refered to a 2019 report by Australia that said the outlook had worsened from “poor” to “very poor.” Water quality also needs to be improved to create opportunities for reef recovery.Other threats include land-based run-off, coastal development and some direct human uses, according to the resolution. The unique universal value of the natural site remains intact but has “deteriorated,” it noted.An expert from the World Heritage Centre (WHC) stressed in the deliberations that the deterioration “has been more rapid and widespread than was evident in the period 2009 to 2014.” Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES EU authority clears Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for children Jul 25, 2021 0 331 Forecast of more rain raises fears in flood-stricken western Germany Jul 25, 2021 0 37 Rio braces for Delta wave after first deaths recorded Jul 25, 2021 0 381 US buys 200 million more Pfizer doses for young kids, booster shots dpa Washington The US is purchasing another 200 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine as part of preparations to inoculate younger children and possibly provide booster shots for fully vaccinated .. New Zealand pops ‘travel bubble’ with Australia over COVID-19 cases Wellington New Zealand has closed its border to Australia, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday, as the neighbouring country was struggling to contain new Covid-19 outbreaks. The so-called Trans-Tasman .. Protests in France as stricter virus regulations introduced dpa Paris There were protests in Paris and several other cities in France on Saturday as people objected to new regulations introduced to contain the coronavirus pandemic, even as case numbers rise. The protests were .. ‘Great Spas of Europe’ awarded UNESCO World Heritage Beijing Eleven European spa towns were jointly awarded World Heritage status by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee on Saturday, recognizing their key role in European society more than a hundred years ago. In an ..