Such Quantities of Sand

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Land reclamation, Hong Kong, South China Sea. Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care

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Asia’s mania for “reclaiming” land from the sea spawns mounting problems…

Read Full Article, The Economist

Great Wall Of Sand: Chinese Mischief at Mischief Reef, The New York times (04-12-2015)
In recent years, China has laid claim to the South China Sea with increasing fierceness, challenging the counterclaims of neighboring states and confronting their fishing boats on the open water. But new satellite photos have provided the most dramatic evidence yet of just how aggressively China is acting to establish a sphere of influence in the South China Sea…

China’s island Factory, BBC News(09-09-2014)
New islands are being made in the disputed South China Sea by the might of the Chinese state. But a group of marooned Filipinos on a rusting wreck is trying to stand in the way…

Preventing Ecocide in South China Sea, Guardian UK (07-20-2015)

Sand Being Hauled Aways from the Cagayan Beaches in the Philippines, Shipped off to China, Melvin G. Gascon (06-20-2015)

Singapore Extends Its Coastlines With Illegally Dredged Sand, RT News Video and Dredging Today Article (02-09-2011)

Global Witness, Shifting Sands, Singapore
Shifting Sand: how Singapore’s demand for Cambodian sand threatens ecosystems and undermines good governance

“Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks”: A UNEP Report (GEA-March 2014)

Sand Thieves Are Eroding World’s Beaches For Castles Of Cash, by Martine Valo, Le Monde (09-2013)
The pillaging of sand is a growing practice in the world. This is because it represents 80% of the composition of concrete that it is the object of such greed…

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Mutlti-Awards Winner Filmmaker Denis Delestrac
Sand is the second most consumed natural resource, after water. The construction-building industry is by far the largest consumer of this finite resource. Land reclamation, shoreline developments and road embankments are using massive amounts of sand as well.