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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Sand Wars: Environment Award 2014 Winner At The 11th Annual San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival
The San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival has announced the 10 awards winners of its 11th Annual Festival, and conferred the Environment Award to Denis Delestrac Documentary Film: Sand Wars.
The Department of Justice has recommended the filing of criminal charges against 23 Chinese nationals for alleged illegal extraction of about 150 metric tons of black sand along the coastline of Aparri in Cagayan.
In raids in the Central District police arrested 20 suspects they say made millions running a massive illegal sand mining operation in the Yavne dunes. Illegal sand mining is highly-profitable and for years has been popular in the Lachish district, especially in remote beach areas stretching from Ashkelon to Yavne and beyond.
According to a study based on data from ground-based air quality sensors, about one third of the fine particulate pollution comes from motor vehicles, one third from brick kilns, and the rest from winds blowing dry soil and road dust. The brick industry, which mainly operates in the winter, is a major source of particles because most brick makers in the region rely on inefficient fixed-chimney kilns.
Land developer and former member of parliament for North Trelawny Keith Russell has defended his sand-mining operation in the upscale Duncan’s Bay Beach area of the parish, while locals remain concerned that the removal of sand from the area could result in the erosion of the beach.
The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) says it has received reports from members of the public of a large beach sand mining operation in Trelawny just west of Duncans Bay Beach and Silver Sands. Dozens of truckloads of sand have been removed from the coastline over a period of at least three days last week, but may have been going on for much longer…
The latest skirmish in the ongoing Sand Wars is being waged on unfamiliar terrain and pits a new opponent against an unusual alliance of adversaries.
Solid, rugged, inexpensive, and twice as fire-proof as conventional lumber, straw bale construction is an idea who’s time has come.
One of the most anticipated Hollywood films of 2013 has a curious connection to Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast, where different-colored sands are the stuff of legend…