Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac
Is beach sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and the neighboring populations? Based on encounters with sand smugglers, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous real estate developers and environmentalists, this investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “SAND WARS” have begun.
The world population is living, working, vacationing, increasingly conglomerating along the coasts, and standing on the front row of the greatest, most unprecedented, plastic waste tide ever faced. Washed out on our coasts in obvious and clearly visible form, the plastic pollution spectacle blatantly unveiling on our beaches is only the prelude of the greater story that unfolded further away in the world's oceans, yet mostly originating from where we stand: the land.
Photo of The Month: Weligama, Sri Lanka
Weligama, Sri Lanka is an image from Steve McCurry.
Rising Seas: Past, Present, Future
Adopting a long perspective that interprets sea level changes both underway and expected in the near future, Vivien Gornitz, in her new book Rising Seas: Past, Present, Future, completes a highly relevant and necessary study of an unprecedented age in Earth’s history.
Gloucester Point Beach, Virginia
Gloucester Point Beach, Virginia, is a small, community beach on the north shore of the York River estuary a few kilometers upstream from Chesapeake Bay.
American Coasts, Past and Future, by John R. Gillis
America had shores long before it had an interior. Its western edge was first colonized by Asian migrants arriving by foot. The second colonization was by ship, this time from the east. But the latest and most transformative colonization comes not by sea but from land, from the interior...
Take Action to End Global Beach Sand Mining!
We urge you to become part of the movement by signing the petition to end beach sand mining.
We Need to Retreat From the Beach
As ocean waters warm, the Northeast is likely to face more Sandy-like storms. And as sea levels continue to rise, the surges of these future storms will be higher and even more deadly. We can’t stop these powerful storms. But we can reduce the deaths and damage they cause… An Op Ed by Orrin H. Pilkey.
Just Washed In
Is beach sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and the neighboring populations…? This investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “Sand Wars” have begun.
Unlike in some cities across the globe where unsightly pollution like empty Styrofoam cups, broken beer bottles and yesterday’s newspapers roll like tumble weeds down the street; Dubai residents are complaining of abandoned cars polluting road sides and parking lots.
NOAA presented to the U.S. Coast Guard a new report that finds that 36 sunken vessels scattered across the U.S. seafloor could pose an oil pollution threat to the nation’s coastal marine resources.
Situated in the Aleutian Arc about 625 miles (1,000 kilometers) southwest of Anchorage, Alaska’s Pavlof Volcano began erupting on May 13, 2013. It is the third time this century, that Pavlof Volcano is erupting.
On this International Day for Biological Diversity, we want to show you stunning images from one of the world’s richest places in biodiversity: Indonesia.
Besides being beautiful, Costa Rica’s beaches are the nesting sites of four endangered sea turtle species, which return each year to lay their eggs. But there is trouble in paradise for these reptiles, namely, from egg thieves.
The prospect of a deep sea “gold rush” opening a controversial new frontier for mining on the ocean floor has moved a step closer.
Monterey County supervisors gave their OK for the largest dam removal project in state history. The San Clemente Dam is eighteen miles from the coast in the Carmel Valley.
By studying oyster populations in relation to acidity levels, a team of researchers has concluded that oysters, particularly their shells, can play a significant role in reducing the increasing ocean’s acidity…
Maps and visualizations of the Arctic often give the impression that the ice cap is a continuous sheet of stationary ice. It is actually a collection of smaller pieces that constantly shift, crack, and grind against one another as they are jostled by winds and ocean currents.