“Dredgers sweep back and forth, creating clam shell patterns in the sand that are clearly visible by satellite. In the process, they destroy whatever lives there, including reef-building organisms, turtles and giant clams, while sending up plumes of corrosive sand and sediment that settle on surrounding reefs, killing them…” – Leading marine biologist Professor John McManus, Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, University of Miami.
“An ecological catastrophe is unfolding in the region’s once fertile fishing grounds, as repeated reclamations destroy reefs, agricultural and industrial run-off poison coastal waters, and overfishing depletes fish stocks.” – Geopolitical Monitor.
The first quote above appears in The Guardian’s story “Preventing Ecocide in South China Sea” dated the 15th of this month. It brings to a horrifying clarity the threat to our global health being caused by China’s aggressive actions towards the neighbours with whom it has territorial disputes.
The second quote is of a more general nature, and illustrates that the overall effects of China’s industrial and military growth can be both devastating and permanent; the lasting effects of this ecological vandalism may well render the eventual spoils not worthy of the effort…
As was the case with the Soviet Union, China has a blatant disregard for environmental concerns. Dangerous smog blanketing its cities, and public health and safety, are completely subordinate to the drive to replace the United States as the dominant world power.
And, as with rhinos and elephants in Africa, if something isn’t done about this soon, it may be too late to avoid irreversible damage.
What horribly destructive creatures we can be…
Read The Guardian story “Preventing Ecocide in South China Sea” here.
Read the Geopolitical Monitor story “Science diplomacy a crucible for South China Sea disputes” here.
Read Professor McManus’ faculty index page here.