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Offshore Coral Reef Damage, Overfishing, and Paths to Peace in the South China Sea

Author: John W. McManus The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, Volume 32, Issue 2, 2017, pages 199 – 237 Abstract: Offshore coral reefs of the South China Sea are subject to complex overlapping sovereignty claims by up to six regional nations. Escalating tensions have led to widespread structural reinforcement of military outposts on many … Continue reading

The Collateral Damage from China’s ‘Great Wall of Sand’ – The Environmental Dimensions of the South China Sea Case

Author: Tim Stephens Legal Studies Research Paper No. 17/06, January 2017 Forthcoming in 2017 in Volume 34 of the Australian Year Book of International Law. Abstract This contribution to the Australian Year Book of International Law’s agora on the South China Sea case assesses its treatment of fisheries and environmental issues. These matters might seem only … Continue reading

Fishing, Not Oil, Is at The Heart of The South China Sea Dispute

Authors: Clive Schofield, Rashid Sumaila, William Cheung The Conversation, 16 August 2016 — Abstract: Contrary to the view that the South China Sea disputes are driven by a regional hunger for seabed energy resources, the real and immediate prizes at stake are the region’s fisheries and marine environments that support them. It is also through the fisheries dimensions … Continue reading

Island Building in the South China Sea: Detection of Turbidity Plumes and Artificial Islands Using Landsat and MODIS Data

Authors: Brian B. Barnes & Chuanmin Hu Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 33194 (2016) doi:10.1038/srep33194 Abstract The South China Sea is currently in a state of intense geopolitical conflict, with six countries claiming sovereignty over some or all of the area. Recently, several countries have carried out island building projects in the Spratly Islands, converting portions of coral … Continue reading

Assessment of the Potential Environmental Consequences of Construction Activities on Seven Reefs in the Spratly Islands

Expert report of Dr. rer. nat. Sebastian C.A. Ferse, Professor Peter Mumby, PhD and Dr. Selina Ward, PhD For the South China Sea arbitration, April 2016 Executive summary This report reviews the scientific literature, other publicly available documents and information provided by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) with regard to large-scale Chinese construction activities … Continue reading

The Destruction Beneath the Waves of the South China Sea

Author: Michael Fabinyi APPS Policy Forum, 30 July 2016 Urgent action must be taken to prevent further damage to the South China Sea’s valuable marine environment, Michael Fabinyi writes. While the geopolitical effects of the South China Sea dispute have dominated much recent commentary, the impacts on the marine environment are also substantial. The dispute has … Continue reading

Building a Regional Network and Management Regime of Marine Protected Areas in the South China Sea for Sustainable Development

Nguyen Chu Hoi & Vu Hai Dang To cite this article: Nguyen Chu Hoi & Vu Hai Dang (2015) Building a Regional Network and Management Regime of Marine Protected Areas in the South China Sea for Sustainable Development, Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy, 18:2, 128-138, DOI: 10.1080/13880292.2015.1044797 INTRODUCTION The South China Sea (SCS) or … Continue reading

China’s Construction of Artificial Islands Could Lead to Permanent Ecocide

By Hannah Beech Time, 1 June 2016 Most ecologically harmful is China’s construction of artificial islands, which biologists say could lead to permanent ecocide. From his living room in the Chinese fishing port of Tanmen, Pu Xidong offers up a giant-clam shell for $1,200 — a great deal, he says, for a bivalve that can live … Continue reading

China’s Island Building in the South China Sea: Damage to the Marine Environment, Implications, and International Law

v Research report by Matthew Southerland, Policy Analyst, Security and Foreign Affairs U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, April 12, 2016. Introduction From December 2013 to October 2015, China built artificial islands with a total area of close to 3,000 acres on seven coral reefs it occupies in the Spratly Islands in the southern part of … Continue reading

Halt reef destruction in South China Sea

Author:  Elizabeth M. P. Madin Nature Correspondence, Nature Volume 524, p. 291 (20 August 2015) China’s land reclamation in the South China Sea has raised geopolitical concerns (see go.nature.com/tmrpih). It is also destroying coral reefs on a large scale — together with their fragile ecosystems. This loss of reef habitat is estimated from high-resolution satellite imagery … Continue reading

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