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criminal penalties when entering oil cleanup ‘safety zone’

News reporting is being criminalized under thinly veiled excuses. The total effect of all these restrictions is harming the public’s right to know.

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UK backing loans for ‘risky’ offshore oil drilling in Brazil

The British government is subsidising one of the world’s largest and riskiest oil-drilling projects in the Atlantic Ocean.

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US accepts Gulf oil spill aid from 12 countries

A total of 27 countries have offered assistance to the US government following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

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Stunningly High Levels of Toxins Found in Whales

News, Pollution
Jun
27

The entire ocean life is loaded with a series of contaminants, most of which have been released by human beings.

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Hands Across The Sand

Saturday, 820 Hands Across the Sand rallies were scheduled in all 50 US States and in 34 countries. Thousands of people worldwide gathered and stood hand in hand. The goal, as organizers put it, was to “form symbolic barriers against spilling oil.”

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Beneath the Surface: if only it were just a nightmare

As the tropical storm Alex raises concerns over what might happen to efforts to contain the oil if BP is forced to abandon the area for a while, forecasters have said they can’t speculate about what rough weather would do to oil in the water.

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International Help En Route For The Gulf

Huge Taiwanese oil-skimming ship, the A-Whale, preparing to sail to the scene of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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Minimal Advances in Oil Spill Cleanup Since Valdez Spill

Experts in cleanup technologies acknowledge that most of the equipment in use, only represents improvements in old technology.

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Sand mining ban for North Stradbroke Island, Australia

News, Sand Mining
Jun
23

After 50 years of mining, Premier of Queensland, Anna Bligh, announced that the Government will progressively halt sand mining.

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    Inside the deadly world of India’s sand mining mafia

    July 2nd, 2019

    India ranks second after China in its use of construction sand, a dwindling and increasingly valuable resource.

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    The crumbling coast: Mineral beach sand mining is eating away Kerala’s coast;Video

    June 26th, 2019

    Residents of Alappad, a seaside village in Kollam, Kerala, have begun the #savealappad campaign to stop sand mining in their village which is resulting in large chunks of land getting wiped out.

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    Sand mafias silence journalists in India

    June 22nd, 2019

    Up to 50 billion metric tons of sand and gravel are extracted every year worldwide. The inexhaustible need for sand from this rapidly-developing country is the breeding ground for illegal activities by what has come to be known as the “sand mafias”.

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    UN Report: Sand Mafias are Destroying Moroccan Beaches

    May 31st, 2019

    Sand mafias and illegal sand extraction are destroying beaches and threatening Morocco’s coastline, reminds the UN Environment Program.

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    Demand for sand: the largest mining industry no one talks about

    May 26th, 2019

    The world’s largest and perhaps most destructive mining industry is rarely discussed. Approximately 85 percent of all material mined from the earth is a simple and widely available resource: sand. Because it is so cheap and readily available, it is mined by everyone from guy with a shovel, to multi-million dollar machine operations.

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    Against the grain: anger grows at spike in ‘sand graffiti’ by tourists in Japan

    May 20th, 2019

    Local authorities in Japan have drawn a line in the sand amid anger over a rise in graffiti by foreign tourists disfiguring its pristine coastal dunes.

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    Rising demand for sand calls for resource governance, UN

    May 8th, 2019

    With the global demand for sand and gravel standing at 40 to 50 billion tonnes per year, a new report by UN Environment reveals that aggregate extraction in rivers has led to pollution, flooding, lowering of water aquifers and worsening drought occurrence.

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    South Florida beach town getting emergency sand infusion

    April 24th, 2019

    Sand-starved Dania Beach is getting an emergency infusion of that gritty stuff that gets washed away every year. Sand by the truckload is being brought in and deposited on the northern half of the beach near the pier.

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