US bombs on Australian Great Barrier Reef

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From Big News Network:

US pilots drop bombs onto Australian tourist spot

Sunday 21st July, 2013

Two US fighter jets have dropped four unarmed bombs on Australia’s top tourist destination, the Great Barrier Reef.

US military officials said the bombs had been let go due to an emergency situation which had befallen both aircraft.

It is believed the pilots of the two AV-8B Harrier jets jettisoned four unarmed bombs as a result of running low on fuel.

They were unable to land with the bomb load onto their aircraft carrier, the USS Bonhomme Richard, from which they had been launched.

The bombs were to have been dropped onto a nearby bombing range as part of a training exercise which was being held in conjunction with the Australian military.

More than 28,000 US and Australian military forces have taken part in a three-week amphibious, airborne and special operations training exercise which is being observed by officials from Australia, the United States, Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia, Canada and the UK.

The Australian government recently welcomed permanent members of the US military forces.

The government announced in June that 1,150 US Marines would be deployed in rotating tours of duty in Australia.

Following its disastrous results in recent foreign wars the US has switched to softer targets, bombing the Great Barrier Reef in what the military claimed on Saturday was a training exercise mishap: here.

Central Australia’s Pine Gap spy base played an important role in the United States’ controversial drone strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan: here.

Australian spy base “critical” to Obama’s drone assassinations: here.

The Australian newspaper yesterday published a comment by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s Sam Bateman and Anthony Bergin, urging the Labor government to rebuild a World War II-era military base on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island: here.

US Navy to reinforce Marine taskforce in Australia: here.

US military looks to expand use of Australian bases and ports: here.

VIDEO: Coral spawning on Great Barrier Reef: here.

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    Dear Avaazers,

    The Great Barrier Reef is at risk of being dredged to make way for a mega coal project. But if one key investor walks away, the deal would be sunk and the World Heritage Site protected. We can convince them to pull out, or get PM Rudd to stop the plan, but we have to act now — sign this urgent petition to help save the Great Barrier Reef:

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    This is a terrible idea with devastating consequences, and the investor group Aurizon that’s backing it know it. They’re getting cold feet, and we might be able to push them over the edge, and kill the project. One of the main potential funders has even donated to climate activism!

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    The Great Barrier Reef — the largest living organism on Earth and home to a quarter of all the species that live in the world’s oceans — has slowly been dying for years. It’s lost half its coral in the past three decades and that rate is only accelerating. Climate change is one cause, but so is Australia’s booming mining industry. The German magazine Der Spiegel reported that “if current trends continue, the unthinkable could happen: the Great Barrier Reef could die.”

    And yet, the mining industry plans to build massive new ports at a complex called Abbot Point in Northeast Australia (right by the reef) to make it easier to get the coal it’s mining out to the world. Not only would that mean doubling the number of ships that pass by the reef each year and ripping up to 3 million cubic meters of material from the fragile seabed, but if all the coal from the proposed mines this would enable is burned, it would be three times Australia’s current climate pollution — hurtling us faster towards the point of no return.

    The investors are meeting now to decide what to do and the Australian Environment Minister will choose whether to approve the project in the next two weeks. Our voices can signal to all of them to block this disaster, especially to Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd if he hopes to maintain his global reputation in the lead-up to his re-election bid.

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    The Avaaz community has been fighting to save the unparalleled beauty of the reef for years. Last year, Avaaz members threatened a public US Bank when they were set to invest in reef destruction. And hundreds of thousands of Avaaz members sent messages to the Australian Environment Minister to help win the largest marine reserve in the world. Let’s do it again and put the reef out of reach of these profiteering plunderers.

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    Great Barrier Reef Under Threat (TIME)

    ‘Death By a Thousand Cuts’: Coal Boom Could Destroy Great Barrier Reef (Spiegel)

    GVK’s Australia coal project ‘a quagmire, not an investment’ says report (The Times of India)

    Report- Stranded: Alpha Coal Project in Australia’s Galilee Basin (IEEFA)

    GVK rejects claim Alpha is ‘stranded’ (The Age)

    Abbott Point Coal Mine Map (Greenpeace)


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