Great Barrier Reef

Australia is spending millions to save the Great Barrier Reef

500 million Australian dollars, to be exact

Australia is spending 500 million dollars to protect the Great Barrier Reef from any more damage from climate change.

What it means: Last year, we reported that the Great Barrier Reef was dying, and the Aus government was prioritising coal exploration rather than saving it. Things change. The Australian government has hooked up with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation to provide financial support for its attempts to monitor and protect the reef. They'll improve water quality, control the reef's main predator, and expand the restoration of damaged reefs.

In April last year, aerial photos showed that rising sea temperatures had caused the reef to be 'bleached', it turns white, and can't absorb energy.

The decision to provide the biggest pot of money ever for reef preservation isn't just out of the good of the Australian government's hearts. The reef is worth an estimated $3.7 billion to the Australian economy through fishing and tourism each day. That 500 million doesn't seem so much in comparison.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

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    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?