Boracay Experiencing Beach Erosion, 70% Coral Loss; Philippines

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According to a study conducted by Japanese and Filipino scientists, coral cover in Boracay Island declined by about 70.5 percent from 1988 to 2011, and the highest decrease in the 23-year period, was recorded between 2008 and 2011, as tourist arrivals rose by 38.4 percent.

The study also showed that the island is experiencing beach erosion…

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