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: ReutersAn 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
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 and Jackson Ewing

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

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: ReutersAn 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
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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