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La Faute-sur-Mer and l’Aiguillon-sur-Mer beaches, Vendée, France; By Claire Le Guern


The main attractions of the coastal towns besides the beaches are the Nature Reserve, and the off shore mussel farms. Not anymore.

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Disputed isle in Bay of Bengal

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For nearly 30 years, India and Bangladesh have argued over control of a tiny rock island in the Bay of Bengal.

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The black marketeers stealing Indonesia’s islands by the boat-load

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For the people of Sebesi Island, who spend their lives next to the world’s biggest natural time bomb, it seemed to be an offer that they could not refuse.

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Chile Was Prepared for the Quake but Not the Tsunami

Jane Lubchenco says that precisely because the communities were so close to the epicenter, tsunami waves arrived “almost instantaneously.”

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The Double Disaster

The Double Disaster
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The Impacts of illicit River Sand Mining & Climate Change in Sri Lanka

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Benin: Erosion-inducing coastal sand mining to be outlawed

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Faced with rising sea levels and coastal erosion caused in part by coastal sand mining, carting away of free beach sand for commercial uses, the national government has begun a campaign to save its coastal sand by digging up sand inland, instead. But communities near these newly-created sand collection spots are fighting back.

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California panel urges immediate action to protect from rising sea levels

As California officials see it, global warming is happening so there’s no time to waste in figuring out what to do.

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Cambodia Under Sandmen’s Spell

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Singapore is struggling to find the sand it needs for its gigantic land reclamation and construction projects.

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    Sand: the new gold

    March 5th, 2018

    This is one of the most consumed natural resources in the world. In cambodia, its mining as lead to an environmental catastrophe, while in singapore sand has contributed to 24% of the island’s expansion.

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    Schoolboys employed in sand mining, Tamil Nadu, India

    March 3rd, 2018

    Poverty and proximity to riverbeds have been weaning away a number of children studying in government schools and pushing them into sand mining. The sand mafia, in a bid to find cheap labour, has been using schoolchildren to lift sand from the riverbeds. The unsuspecting youngsters fall prey to the designs of the mafia, tempted by the money on offer.

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    Asia’s hunger for sand takes a toll on endangered species

    March 3rd, 2018

    Across Asia, rampant extraction of sand for construction is eroding coastlines and scouring waterways. t’s a global concern, but especially acute in Asia, where all trends show that urbanization and the region’s big construction boom are going to continue for many years.

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    This Sardinian Town May Ban Towels to Save Popular Beach

    February 20th, 2018

    La Pelosa-one of the Italian island’s more popular beaches—might be banning towels and large beach bags to preserve its sand dunes. The announcement was made earlier this week by Mayor Antonio Diana, who plans to enact strict measures to save the beach.

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    Factbox: Sifting Through U.S. Beach Sand Numbers

    February 17th, 2018

    Here is a summary of what Florida and other coastal states and communities have been doing to protect and rebuild their shorelines based on to the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) data.

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    Demand for sand leads to global ecological crisis

    February 8th, 2018

    Every day, miners remove 5,500 to 6,000 truckloads of sand (about 20 tons each) from the scenic beachfronts and 17 river basins of Tamil Nadu, India. Fueled by a real estate boom estimated to generate $180 billion annually by 2020, India is digging 500 million metric tons of sand every year, feeding an industry worth more than $50 billion. And India’s hunger is bound to increase…

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    Seabed mining could destroy ecosystems

    January 23rd, 2018

    Mining on the ocean floor could do irreversible damage to deep-sea ecosystems, says a new study of seabed mining proposals around the world. The deep sea (depths below 200m) covers about half of the Earth’s surface and is home to a vast range of species.

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    South Africa: Setback for Giant West Coast Mine Project

    January 22nd, 2018

    The government has rejected an application by a controversial Australian mining company for a huge expansion of its existing Tormin heavy mineral sands mine near Koekenaap on the West Coast. Tormin has been in operation since October 2013, produces heavy sands minerals from the beach.

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