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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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Showing no Signs of Giving Ground, China and US Remain at Odds over South China Sea Projects

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News, Sand Mining
May
18

The U.S. and most members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations want a halt to the projects, which they suspect are aimed at building islands and other land features over which China can claim sovereignty. U.S. officials say China has reclaimed about 2,000 acres of dry land since 2014.

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BCDC Approves Sand Mining Permit in San Francisco Bay

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News, Sand Mining
Apr
23

San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) unanimously approved a 10-year mining permit for sand removal from San Francisco Bay, and from two other areas near Suisun. The amount of sand the permit requests is 15 times greater than the annual amount of sand that comes into the bay from the delta.

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Central Govt Halts Jakarta’s $40 Billion Reclamation Project

jakarta-flood

Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta– home to 10 million people – is sinking into the sea at between 2.9 and 6.7 inches per year. To save the megacity from drowning: a $40 billion land reclamation and sea wall project estimated to take 30 years to complete. However, today, the central government has decided to suspend its implementation as the viability of the project is now questioned.

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Great Wall Of Sand: Chinese Mischief at Mischief Reef

hong-kong
News, Sand Mining
Apr
12

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

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The Deadly Global War for Sand

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Apart from water and air, humble sand is the natural resource most consumed by human beings. People use more than 40 billion tons of sand and gravel every year. There’s so much demand that riverbeds and beaches around the world are being stripped bare.

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Use of Satellite Imagery to Weed Out Illegal Sand Miners

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News, Sand Mining
Mar
25

Government will be adopting the satellite route to weed out illegal sand miners throughout India using the technology available with India’s space agency ISRO.

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Fears for Future of Ngapali Beach as Authorities Permit Sand Excavation; Myanmar

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News, Sand Mining
Mar
15

Hoteliers at Ngapali in southern Rakhine State have warned that beaches in the area could be irrevocably damaged unless the authorities stop allowing sand to be taken for construction projects. Local authorities have formally allowed construction firms to take sand from three beaches in apparent violation of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism’s Directives for Coastal Beach Areas.

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Despite Protections, Miami Port Project Smothers Coral Reef in Silt

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The government divers who plunged into the bay near the Port of Miami surfaced with bad news again and again: Large numbers of corals were either dead or dying, suffocated by sediment. The source of the sediment, environmentalists say, is a $205 million dredging project…

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India’s ‘New Cities’ Plan: Environment Not Included

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Sand – inexpensive and abundant – is a treasure to India’s builders and the construction industry, which employs some 40 million people. But the spike in construction means sand mining, both legal and illegal, will increase in coastal areas, riverbeds, creeks, and rivulets.

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    Showing no Signs of Giving Ground, China and US Remain at Odds over South China Sea Projects

    sand-barges

    May 18th, 2015

    The U.S. and most members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations want a halt to the projects, which they suspect are aimed at building islands and other land features over which China can claim sovereignty. U.S. officials say China has reclaimed about 2,000 acres of dry land since 2014.

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    BCDC Approves Sand Mining Permit in San Francisco Bay

    coastal-erosion-sloat-ocean-beach

    April 23rd, 2015

    San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) unanimously approved a 10-year mining permit for sand removal from San Francisco Bay, and from two other areas near Suisun. The amount of sand the permit requests is 15 times greater than the annual amount of sand that comes into the bay from the delta.

    Read More

    Central Govt Halts Jakarta’s $40 Billion Reclamation Project

    jakarta-flood

    April 13th, 2015

    Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta– home to 10 million people – is sinking into the sea at between 2.9 and 6.7 inches per year. To save the megacity from drowning: a $40 billion land reclamation and sea wall project estimated to take 30 years to complete. However, today, the central government has decided to suspend its implementation as the viability of the project is now questioned.

    Read More

    Great Wall Of Sand: Chinese Mischief at Mischief Reef

    hong-kong

    April 12th, 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

    Read More

    The Deadly Global War for Sand

    sand-miner-mumbai-india

    March 26th, 2015

    Apart from water and air, humble sand is the natural resource most consumed by human beings. People use more than 40 billion tons of sand and gravel every year. There’s so much demand that riverbeds and beaches around the world are being stripped bare.

    Read More

    Use of Satellite Imagery to Weed Out Illegal Sand Miners

    sand-mining-tamil-nadu

    March 25th, 2015

    Government will be adopting the satellite route to weed out illegal sand miners throughout India using the technology available with India’s space agency ISRO.

    Read More

    Fears for Future of Ngapali Beach as Authorities Permit Sand Excavation; Myanmar

    myanmar-san-mining-1

    March 15th, 2015

    Hoteliers at Ngapali in southern Rakhine State have warned that beaches in the area could be irrevocably damaged unless the authorities stop allowing sand to be taken for construction projects. Local authorities have formally allowed construction firms to take sand from three beaches in apparent violation of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism’s Directives for Coastal Beach Areas.

    Read More

    Despite Protections, Miami Port Project Smothers Coral Reef in Silt

    sand-dredging-miami

    March 8th, 2015

    The government divers who plunged into the bay near the Port of Miami surfaced with bad news again and again: Large numbers of corals were either dead or dying, suffocated by sediment. The source of the sediment, environmentalists say, is a $205 million dredging project…

    Read More

    India’s ‘New Cities’ Plan: Environment Not Included

    sand-mining-coastal-care

    March 6th, 2015

    Sand – inexpensive and abundant – is a treasure to India’s builders and the construction industry, which employs some 40 million people. But the spike in construction means sand mining, both legal and illegal, will increase in coastal areas, riverbeds, creeks, and rivulets.

    Read More

    Sand Mining Threatens South Africa’s Coast

    durban-south-africa

    March 6th, 2015

    The time has come for the government to consider a total ban on any sand mining in South African rivers to curb serious environmental damage and the growing risk of severe erosion damage to coastal cities like Durban.

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