Sand Mining

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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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On Fracking Front, A Push To Reduce Leaks of Methane

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Scientists, engineers, and government regulators are increasingly turning their attention to solving one of the chief environmental problems associated with fracking for natural gas and oil – significant leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

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Beach Sand Mining in Monterey Bay Causes a Dustup

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California’s Monterey Bay boasts one of the nation’s most protected coastlines, situated within a federal sanctuary that imposes bans on everything from Jet Skis to offshore drilling. Yet most days, hundreds of tons of sand are harvested from one of its most picturesque beaches, in a mining operation now coming under increased state and local scrutiny.

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Sand Wars Movie: UK Diffusion April 2nd, 2014

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Sand Wars film documentary by Denis Delestrac, premieres in the United Kingdom 7.50pm, Wednesday 2 April Sky 534 & Virgin Media 243, on PBS America.

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Illegal Sand Miners Back In Business

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News, Sand Mining
Mar
29

Taking advantage of government officials caught up with election work, the sand mafia has become active with transportation of sand from the Yamuna and Hindon river banks going on unimpeded…

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Sand Wars: Premieres At Washington DC Environmental Film Festival

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Sand Wars movie: Premieres At Washington Environmental Film Festival, on March 20th. Discussion with filmmaker Denis Delestrac and geologist and “sandman” Michael Welland follows screenings.

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Sand is the new gold. The worldwide excavation of sand on beaches and in rivers and oceans is signalling an ecological and human catastrophe. A worldwide sand rush is taking place. Article by Peter Dupont. Translation by Rafael Njotea.

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Sand Wars: Environment Award 2014 Winner At The 11th Annual San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival

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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.

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23 People Face Charges For Black Sand Mining, Philippines

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News, Sand Mining
Feb
27

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.

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Police Arrest 20 Over Illegal Sand Mining Operation in Yavne Dunes

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News, Sand Mining
Feb
23

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.

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    Sand Wars: Premieres At Washington DC Environmental Film Festival

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    March 19th, 2014

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    March 13th, 2014

    Sand is the new gold. The worldwide excavation of sand on beaches and in rivers and oceans is signalling an ecological and human catastrophe. A worldwide sand rush is taking place. Article by Peter Dupont. Translation by Rafael Njotea.

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    Sand Wars: Environment Award 2014 Winner At The 11th Annual San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival

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    March 6th, 2014

    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.

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    23 People Face Charges For Black Sand Mining, Philippines

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    February 27th, 2014

    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.

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    Police Arrest 20 Over Illegal Sand Mining Operation in Yavne Dunes

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    February 23rd, 2014

    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.

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    Winter Haze over Bangladesh

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    February 9th, 2014

    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.

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    Officials Says Duncans Bay Sand-Mining Operation Legal

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    January 27th, 2014

    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.

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    Large beach sand mining operation in Trelawny, Jamaica

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    January 21st, 2014

    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…

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