An uninhabited island in the Spratly archipelago in the South China Sea. The accelerating environmental peril in the South China Sea is inseparable from the territorial disputes that plague it. Photo: Reuters
James Borton
Opinion

Opinion

James Borton

As nations fight for control, South China Sea coral reefs are dying in silence

  • James Borton and Jackson Ewing say the devastation wrought by island building in the waters, mainly by China, is having a big impact on an already fragile ecosystem
  • Cooperation on scientific research and environmental management must be encouraged to limit the damage, and as a way to build trust

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An uninhabited island in the Spratly archipelago in the South China Sea. The accelerating environmental peril in the South China Sea is inseparable from the territorial disputes that plague it. Photo: Reuters
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