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Old 07-09-2009, 07:40 PM   #1
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Default Australia pledges millions for Great Barrier Reef

Australia pledges millions for Great Barrier Reef James Cook University Australia has pledged 52 million dollars ($42 million) to improve water quality on the Great Barrier
Thu Jul 2, 10:15 am ET

Australia pledges millions for Great Barrier Reef - Yahoo! News
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SYDNEY (AFP) Australia on Thursday pledged 52 million dollars (42 million US) to improve water quality on the Great Barrier Reef, which is coming under increasing threat from toxic chemicals and climate change.

Environment Minister Peter Garrett said the money would go to conservation and agriculture groups to help local farmers reduce run-off of pesticides and other chemicals into the World Heritage-listed reef.

"This is the most significant investment any commonwealth government has put into our most important national treasure," said Garrett.
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