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A New Threat To Coral Reefs: China's Man-Made Islands

Scientists say the dredging project that created the islands has done massive damage to the coral reefs and aquatic life in the area. (juska/Flickr)
Scientists say the dredging project that created the islands has done massive damage to the coral reefs and aquatic life in the area. (juska/Flickr)

China’s neighbors were alarmed to see it build five islands in the South China Sea earlier this year. They were equipped airstrips, ports and military supplies, and were a clear indication of China’s military ambitions in the disputed region.

Scientists say the islands also pose another threat: The dredging project that created them has done massive damage to the coral reefs and aquatic life in the area. John McManus, a professor of marine biology and fisheries at the University of Miami, discusses this with Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti.

Guest

  • John McManus, professor of marine biology and fisheries, and director of the National Center for Coral Reef Research (NCORE) at the Rosenstiel School of the University of Miami. He tweets @DoctorReef.

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