The Looming Environmental Catastrophe in the South China Sea

Heated maritime and territorial disputes conceal the severe damage being done beneath the waves.

thediplomat.com

By Murray Hiebert January 14, 2022   

Much of the focus on the South China Sea over the past decade has centered around the nationalistic territorial disputes between China and four Southeast Asian claimants and a geopolitical tussle between China and the United States over freedom of navigation in the contested waters. What is going on beneath the surface of the sea – overfishing, destruction of coral reefs, climate change, plastics pollution, ocean acidification – is equally threatening and may have a longer-term impact on the survivability of the sea with its rich fishing beds, potential gas and oil reserves, and bustling sea lanes.

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