A fire has raged on a cargo ship off the coast of Sri Lanka for 12 days, sending toxic chemicals and tons of plastic into the country’s waters and polluting its beaches.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2021/06/01/world/asia/sri-lanka-fire-ship-plastic.html
Scientists have devised a new way of looking at habitat loss on Earth, finding that 97 percent of Earth’s land area may no longer be ecologically intact.
— Read on www.inverse.com/science/3-percent-of-earth-ecologically-intact
The South China Sea, spread over an area of 3.477 million sq km, is one of the most resource-rich marine areas in the world. It has known reserves of 190 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 11 billion barrels of oil, and is home to diverse ecosystems with 3,000 species of fish and 600 species of coral reef, a variety of mangrove and seagrass species, and turtles and seabirds that use the islands for resting, breeding, and wintering. The waters are bordered by China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines.
— Read on www.orfonline.org/research/in-deep-water-current-threats-to-the-marine-ecology-of-the-south-china-sea/