The above image was included in our report with an image credit: “Image source: unknown ship from Marine Executive”.
Our reprint permissions specifically state that news organizations must include the credit for any images they reprint. Unfortunately, one media organization did not, and misidentified the picture.
We did not use this image in our research. Ships dumping sewage is a common practice. We used it in our report to provide a context for what we were able to view from space. We never claimed it was a picture of a Chinese ship in the Spratlys. We have communicated with the agency, who reached out to us, and have urged them to print a retraction, and include our original image credit, and list of sources.
You can download our full report here, which includes the original image credit and a Methods and Sources page for our research.
In this recent interview on ANC’s Rundown with Mike Navallo, regarding our report, this image clarification is made at the 9:02 mark, in case there are any doubts from anyone regardiing the image source.
2.Nutrient pollution disrupts key ecosystem functions on coral reefs –The Royal Society Proceedings
4.Too much algae — and too many microbes — threaten coral reefs – National Science Foundation
5.Dissolved organic matter feedbacks in coral reef resilience – National Science Foundation
7.The wicked problem of China’s disappearing coral reefs, Hughes TP, Huang H, Young MA.
11.The rising environmental toll of China’s offshore island grab, Yale School of the Environment
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