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Greenpeace sails into Sydney

Friday, March 22, 2013 - 00:41

March 22 - The new Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior sails into Sydney ahead of a campaign against a planned coal-mining expansion near the Great Barrier Reef. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) The environmental campaign group Greenpeace welcomed its flagship, the Rainbow Warrior, in Sydney on Friday (March 22), promising to help save the Great Barrier Reef from industrialisation. The group said the new Rainbow Warrior, on its maiden voyage to Australia, is one of few vessels too tall to sail under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Its hi-tech rig includes two A-frame masts, 54m high, that allow air to flow over the sails without interruption. "Wherever the Rainbow Warrior travels all over the world it is a symbol of hope and determination and having the Rainbow Warrior here in Australia to confront the out-of-control coal industry undoubtedly brings a lift to a campaign that tens of thousands of Australians are already part of, tens of thousands of Australians who say it is not okay to industrialise our Great Barrier Reef. It is not okay to tip our climate over the edge," Ritter said. UNESCO will decide in June whether the reef should be listed as a World Heritage Site in danger. Heralded as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the 2,000 km (1,200 mile) Great Barrier Reef is home to 400 types of coral, 240 species of birds and 1,500 species of fish. It is worth 6.13 billion U.S. dollars (6 billion Australian dollars) a year to the economy in tourism. Coral reefs are particularly vulnerable to acidification and rising sea surface temperatures, as increased CO2 levels in the oceans make it harder for tiny reef-building coral organisms to secrete their slow-growing calcium carbonate skeletons.

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Greenpeace sails into Sydney

Friday, March 22, 2013 - 00:41