One of Egypt's most delicate eco-systems, the coral reef in the Red Sea waters of the Gulf of Aqaba, is located right next to one of Egypt's hottest tourist spots, the town of Dahab.
A new species of algae is destroying large patches of once-vibrant reef in one of the most remote ocean sanctuaries on earth. Experts have warned that the phenomena could become an ecological and economic 'disaster.'
An estimated 90% of the nation's coral reefs have been destroyed, creating a knock-on effect for the entire coastal ecosystem. Local businesses and conservationists are now working to reverse this damage.
With tourism numbers rebounding, a new breed of Egyptian startups are banking on sustainability and economic inclusion to help travelers and tour guides alike. Benjamin Bathke visited Cairo to find out more.
One tiny Pacific nation has begun the new year with a ban on sunscreens that contain chemicals which affect the health of coral reefs and fish. "Environment is the nest of life," Palau's president said.
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