Muddy Waters: Life And Death On The Great Barrier Reef

Muddy Waters: Life And Death On The Great Barrier Reef

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By 2010, forty per cent of the world's coral reefs may be dead. By 2030, half of the Great Barrier Reef may be gone. Parts of it are already dying, but the reasons have not always been clear. Global warming and outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish have put extraordinary pressure on the reef. Now scientists have identified another threat - sediments, fertilisers and pesticides from agricultural run-off. The reefs most at risk lie along Australia's northeastern coast between Cairns and Townsville. This is the heart of the wet tropics where high rainfall regularly causes rivers like the Tully to flood, sending huge plumes of mud and chemicals into the sea. In their natural state, native wetlands filter the rain and silt but more than sixty per cent has been cleared and drained for sugarcane. Sugarcane farmers, suffering bad seasons and low prices, are reeling at the prospect that their land management practices may be part of the problem. Some locals are trying to bring all the parties together to develop a workable solution, but leading the way can be hard work. Muddy Waters journeys to the plantations of north Queensland and into an underwater world to find out what's killing the reef and what can be done to save it. It's the story of a small community facing the challenges of responsibility and change. This time, what's at stake is one of the world's greatest natural treasures. A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with December Films. Developed with the assistance of the Australian Film Commission and Film Victoria. Produced in association with SBS Independent. Copyright - 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. Executive Producer: Franco di Chiera Producer: Tony Wright, Stuart Menzies (Producers), Sally Ingleton (Co-Producer) Director: Sally Ingleton Writer: Sally Ingleton DOP/Cinematographer: Rory McGuiness Narrator/Presenter: Robert Menzies
Publisher: [San Francisco, California, USA] :, Kanopy Streaming,, 2015
Characteristics: 1 online resource (streaming video file)
Additional Contributors: Kanopy (Firm)

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