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The world’s beaches are being mined for sand for a variety of uses (aggregate in concrete, fill, beach renourishment). The practice is often very destructive and poorly managed (or unmanaged). This is a global phenomenon (Morocco, Caribbean Islands, India, South Africa and more). This theft of beach and dune sand is a direct cause of erosion along many shorelines. It is very damaging to the beach fauna and flora, ruinous to beach aesthetics, and frequently causes environmental damage to other coastal ecosystems associated with the beach such as wetlands.

Another major impact of beach sand mining is the loss of protection from storms surges associated with tropical cyclones and tsunamis. Some communities affected by the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean had higher storm surges probably due to beach sand mining resulting in fatalities. Sometimes it is difficult to tell that a beach has been mined. Sand extraction becomes difficult to recognize as the beach readjusts to a new profile after a few storms. But historic accounts of beaches in the Caribbean often reveal that beaches have been narrowed considerably. Mining is particularly senseless in a time of rising sea level when sand is sorely needed as a storm energy buffer.

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Sardinia sand thieves face fines of up to €3,000

Sardinian authorities are getting tough with tourists who steal sand from the island’s pristine beaches as a souvenir and are issuing fines of up to Euros €3,000.

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Ugandan children abandon school for sand mining

More and more Ugandan children drop out of school, lured into sand mining on the banks of River Nile in Busaana Sub-county, and joining what seems a lucrative venture to earn a living.

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Hong Kong land reclamation explained: the good, bad and ugly methods of pushing back the sea

About 6 per cent of city is reclaimed land, and while extending the shoreline of a land-starved society seems ever more attractive, critics say it would not solve housing issues. At the same time, conservation groups such as WWF and Greenpeace say reclamation is environmentally catastrophic.

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Why This Sand From Texas Is Suddenly Worth $80 a Ton

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Jul
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A major second wave of US fracking is about to be unleashed upon the world.

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Bridge Collapse In Mangaluru: Illegal Sand Mining Takes A Very Heavy Toll; India

A bridge built in 1980 has collapsed not due to rain and floods, but due to illegal sand mining. The life of the bridge as prescribed by engineers back in 1980 was 100 years. But thanks to the sand mafia, its life has been cut by 62 years.

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Illegal sand mining re-emerges in Hanoi, Vietnam

Despite last year crack down on sand dredging, illegal sand mining activities have re-started in Phúc Thọ District of Hanoi, causing much public concern.

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Riddle of the sands: the truth behind stolen beaches and dredged islands

The insatiable demand of the global building boom has unleashed an illegal market in sand. Gangs are now stealing pristine beaches to order and paradise islands are being dredged and sold to the construction industry.

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A wider, deeper beach awaits Ocean City vacationers, but is it safe?

Ocean City vacationers may notice deeper, wider beaches, the result of a $282 million sand-dredging project aimed at protecting the resort town from storm damage. But the work also raises concerns about surf injuries and swimmer safety.

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Jobless Cape Coast youth venture into illegal beach sand winning; Ghana

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May
26

The youth at Bakaano, a suburb of Cape Coast, have taken to illegal mining due to the unavailability of jobs.

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    Ugandan children abandon school for sand mining

    August 6th, 2018

    More and more Ugandan children drop out of school, lured into sand mining on the banks of River Nile in Busaana Sub-county, and joining what seems a lucrative venture to earn a living.

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    Hong Kong land reclamation explained: the good, bad and ugly methods of pushing back the sea

    July 29th, 2018

    About 6 per cent of city is reclaimed land, and while extending the shoreline of a land-starved society seems ever more attractive, critics say it would not solve housing issues. At the same time, conservation groups such as WWF and Greenpeace say reclamation is environmentally catastrophic.

    Read More

    Why This Sand From Texas Is Suddenly Worth $80 a Ton

    July 14th, 2018

    A major second wave of US fracking is about to be unleashed upon the world.

    Read More

    Bridge Collapse In Mangaluru: Illegal Sand Mining Takes A Very Heavy Toll; India

    July 7th, 2018

    A bridge built in 1980 has collapsed not due to rain and floods, but due to illegal sand mining. The life of the bridge as prescribed by engineers back in 1980 was 100 years. But thanks to the sand mafia, its life has been cut by 62 years.

    Read More

    Illegal sand mining re-emerges in Hanoi, Vietnam

    July 6th, 2018

    Despite last year crack down on sand dredging, illegal sand mining activities have re-started in Phúc Thọ District of Hanoi, causing much public concern.

    Read More

    Riddle of the sands: the truth behind stolen beaches and dredged islands

    July 1st, 2018

    The insatiable demand of the global building boom has unleashed an illegal market in sand. Gangs are now stealing pristine beaches to order and paradise islands are being dredged and sold to the construction industry.

    Read More

    A wider, deeper beach awaits Ocean City vacationers, but is it safe?

    June 2nd, 2018

    Ocean City vacationers may notice deeper, wider beaches, the result of a $282 million sand-dredging project aimed at protecting the resort town from storm damage. But the work also raises concerns about surf injuries and swimmer safety.

    Read More

    Jobless Cape Coast youth venture into illegal beach sand winning; Ghana

    May 26th, 2018

    The youth at Bakaano, a suburb of Cape Coast, have taken to illegal mining due to the unavailability of jobs.

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    Cities from the sea: the true cost of reclaimed land

    May 2nd, 2018

    Asia is growing. Literally. From Malaysia to Dubai, luxury developments are rising on artificial islands and coastlines. Everybody wins – except the local sea life and the fishermen who depend on it

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    It’s not just Xolobeni: What the Australian mining company did in the Western Cape; South Africa

    April 29th, 2018

    The Australian mining company seeking the right to mine in Xolobeni in the Eastern Cape, has been lashed for its treatment of a community in the Western Cape where it has been accused of breaching its legal obligations.

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