To What Extent Does A Reclamation Project Hurts Biodiversity?

The non-stop reclamation project of China in the disputed group of islands and islets at the West Philippine Sea or the Spratly group of islands has been causing great irreparable damage to the Biodiversity in that region.  The damage had been observed in the shoals and atolls that included the Johnson Reef, McKennan Reef, Mischief Reef, Cuarteron Reef, Gaven Reef and Fiery Cross Reef.   Through the UN intervention,  this act of defiance by China should, immediately, stop.

This is the substance of the recently concluded meeting of countries at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The report stated that “Ambassador Lourdes O. Yparraguirre, Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations, issued her warning before a hundred UN legal experts in a June 10 forum organized by the Philippines that focused on the protection and preservation of the marine environment. With the theme, “UNCLOS and the Protection of the Marine Environment,” the event was held at the sidelines of the week-long 25th Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (SPLOS) at the UN Headquarters.”

(Source: Jane Perlez, the New York Times)

For a detailed discussion on this issue, please click the link hereunder.

http://www.interaksyon.com/article/112377/south-china-sea-in-environmental-crisis-due-to-beijings-reclamation-un-forum-told

For related story by Jane Perlez, New York Times, please refer to this link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/17/world/asia/china-building-airstrip-in-disputed-spratly-islands-satellite-images-show.html?_r=0

Mobula Rays Gathering at Baja

This National Geographic video on youtube shows one of the most fascinating sea creatures gathering at the Baja. Known to be residents of Mediterranean, Portugal, Ireland and Eastern Atlantic Ocean, the Mobula Rays have frequented the Baja in small school before. But scientists have wondered at the huge number at the time of this filming.

Earthniversity shares this video to show another image of our planet’s Biodiversity. Mobula Ray is also known as Devil Fish, Giant Devil Ray and many other names. It belongs to the animal kingdom, phylum chordata. Its conservation status is – threatened. (Wikipedia)

Thanks National Geographic on youtube and Maia McCann

BIODIVERSITY DAY UPDATE

World Biodiversity Day was held last May 22, 2014. Here’s a message from the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, highlighting that the main cause of threats to Biodiversity and the Environment as a whole is still human activities. But he hopes that global efforts can still make a difference. He said, “together we can build the foundation for sustainable future”.

Source: U.N. Biodiversity Day on Youtube.