China's occupying boats dumping sewage on Philippine reefs

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The Associated Press reports that sewage from hundreds of stationary Chinese boats is causing algae blooms that have damaged coral reefs and threatened fish stocks in an unfolding environmental disaster.

Western analysts say the boats are part of a huge Chinese maritime militia that use sheer force of numbers to push other nations out of contested areas in the South China Sea.

Satellite images over the last five years show how human sewage and wastewater have accumulated around these stationary flotillas, causing damaging algae blooms which are destroying reefs that are vital for the reproduction of fish stocks.

Analysts of Simularity Inc., a company that specializes in satellite imagery analysis, spoke on Monday, July 12, at a Philippine online news forum on China's actions in the South China Sea — a sea that China claims to be almost entirely its own.

The analysts showed satellite images of at least 236 ships anchored at the Union Banks atoll on June 17 alone. The images also showed large blooms of algae spreading out around the cluster of ships.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Chinese fishing boats dumping sewage in ocean, zoom out to show many boats doing it
2. Chinese occupying boats together, pushing other nations' boats out of SC Sea
3. Hundreds of boats from above, zoom out to show brown water patches, green algae patches, then blue ocean
4. Analysts showing satellite images of pollution patches on wall monitor during online meeting
5. Analysts showing satellite images of pollution patches, different images
6. Zoom out from small clusters of boats to show bigger and bigger clusters and their surrounding sewage and algae plumes


VOICEOVER (in English):

"The Associated Press reports that sewage from hundreds of stationary Chinese boats is causing algae blooms that have damaged coral reefs and threatened fish stocks in an unfolding environmental disaster."

"Western analysts say the boats are part of a huge Chinese maritime militia that use sheer force of numbers to push other nations out of contested areas in the South China Sea."

"Satellite images over the last five years show how human sewage and wastewater have accumulated around these stationary flotillas, causing damaging algae blooms which are destroying reefs that are vital for the reproduction of fish stocks."

"Analysts of Simularity Inc., a company that specializes in satellite imagery analysis, spoke on Monday, July 12, at a Philippine online news forum on China's actions in the South China Sea — a sea that China claims to be almost entirely its own."

"The analysts showed satellite images of at least 236 ships anchored at the Union Banks atoll on June 17 alone. The images also showed large blooms of algae spreading out around the cluster of ships."

SOURCES: Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Rappler, GMA Network
https://apnews.com/article/technology-environment-and-nature-9e459c065f3adccbaa9314d0fcb3df25
https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-07-12/images-show-chinese-ship-human-waste-endangering-reefs
https://www.rappler.com/environment/human-waste-sewage-anchored-ships-union-banks-destroying-reefs-spratly-islands
https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/795041/china-vessels-dumping-human-waste-in-parts-of-west-philippine-sea-photos-show/story/?amp