Locals in Maldives battle to preserve coral reefs
13 February 2022 | 11:24 am
The One Ocean Summit opens this Wednesday in the French port city of Brest. Seas and oceans cover around 70 percent of the surface of our planet, but continue to face an onslaught of problems, from pollution to rising temperatures. In the Maldives, coral reefs are dying because of climate change. However, locals are doing their best to save them. Our France 2 colleagues report, with FRANCE 24's Wassim Cornet.
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