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Sand Wars: Facing a World Without Sand

An interview with Denis Delestrac, writer and award-winning director.

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Detox: How People Power is Cleaning Up Fashion

Around the world a growing movement of people are using their creativity, design skills and purchasing power to demand fashion without pollution. A Greenpeace video.

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One Flew Over a Beach Sand Mining Pit, Sénégal

An astounding video by l’Institut National de L’Audiovisuel.

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Illegal Beach Sand Mining, Togo, a Video

Despite a recent law prohibiting sand mining on Togo’s beaches, illegal sand mining continue, unabated.

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Sinking Islands

In the south of Bangladesh, one of the countries most at threat from climate change, entire islands are being washed away by tidal surges and storms leaving their inhabitants in increasingly desperate straits. A IRIN video documentary.

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Mana Kai, a Film by Pasha Reshikov

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Mana Kai, “Spirit of the Ocean” in hawaiian, is a short film exploring the relationship of humans and the ocean.

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Floating Gardens

In Bangladesh, the ancient practice of floating gardens, beds of straw and water hyacinths on which crops are grown, is making a comeback in the face of increased floods.

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Shored Up, A Film By Ben Kalina

Shored Up : When Nature and The Force Of Nature Collide. A Film by Ben Kalina. See Listing: Upcoming screenings.

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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…? This investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “Sand Wars” have begun.

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    Council committee wrestles with sand-mining bill, Hawaii

    June 21st, 2017

    A Maui County Council committee is considering ways to regulate sand extraction in the county in light of a recent Central Maui sand excavation and export case that came under fire from members of the community.

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    As day of reckoning closes in on Cemex, the city of Marina prepares to attack.

    June 7th, 2017

    In the fight to shut down the Cemex sand mine in Marina, the lines in the sand have been drawn. Diplomacy, up until now, has not borne fruit, and a looming battle is starting to take shape. On June 6, City Council voted 5-0 to authorize City Attorney Rob Wellington to explore legal options that would argue that the Cemex mine is a “public nuisance” due to its erosion impacts

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    An Evaluation of the Ongoing Impacts of Sand Mining at the CEMEX Lapis Sand Plant in Marina, California on the Southern Monterey Bay Shoreline; By Robert S. Young, PhD

    May 29th, 2017

    The City of Marina commissioned this report to assist in its management and decision‐making for coastal property and resources within the City’s jurisdiction. This report provides a review and synthesis of available documentary information and scientific literature addressing the impact of current sand mining activities within southern Monterey Bay.

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    The world is running out of sand

    May 23rd, 2017

    It’s one of our most widely used natural resources, but it’s scarcer than you think…

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    Dubai set to build $1.7b man-made islands Marsa Al Arab by 2020

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    May 18th, 2017

    Dubai is growing again, and again it’s building into the sea.

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    Concrete, or Beaches? World’s Sand Running Out As Global Construction Booms

    May 12th, 2017

    A crucial component of concrete, sand is vital to the global construction industry.

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    Cemex sand mine accused of damaging Monterey Bay Coast

    May 9th, 2017

    Scientists and environmentalists are accusing Cemex, the world’s second largest building materials company, of doing serious harm to the Monterey Bay beach by removing massive amounts of sand. The company claims its sand mining business is legal, but the beach is shrinking, and the California Coastal Commission is threatening to shut down the operation.

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    County warns businesses to stop mining sand, Maui

    May 3rd, 2017

    While sand mining is not illegal here, some community members are concerned about the resource being depleted and shipped off-island and archaeological damage. Mayor Alan Arakawa is among the concerned, saying the sand is needed for Maui projects and replenishing beaches.

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