Scientists alarmed over China island in disputed sea
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Concern is mounting among some scientists that China’s reclamation work in the disputed Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea has done severe harm to one of the most important coral reef systems in Southeast Asia. China’s use of dredged sand and coral to build artificial islands on seven reefs had also damaged reef systems beyond the outposts, meaning the affected area could be greater than first thought, several scientists who have studied satellite images of the Spratlys told Reuters. Those concerns contrast with repeated official Chinese statements that Beijing is committed to protecting reefs and the broader marine environment in the South China Sea in keeping with its obligations under United Nations conventions.
Torode, G. (2015, July 7). Scientists alarmed over China island in disputed sea. Malaya, p. B5.
Disputes; Territorial waters; Land reclamation; Coral reefs; Artificial islands; Satellite sensing; Environmental protection; Coral reef conservation; Marine ecology; Navigation; Military operations; Economics; Coral reef restoration; Satellite mosaics; Search and rescue; Overfishing; Climatic changes; United Nations (UN); US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; UN conventions on Biological Diversity and International Trade in Endangered Species; State Oceanic Administration; S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies; McManus, John; Lyons, Youna; Hughes, Terry; Ouyang, Yujing
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