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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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Us Warned: “Hands Off Our Beaches!”

The US is looking at Bahamian sand as a resource to shore-up Florida’s eroding coastline.

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The Jersey Shore’s “ghost tracks”

They are called the “ghost tracks” of Cape May County beach. And until a couple of years ago, no one had seen them in about 80 years.

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Government’s ambitious 2030 land reclamation plan to cost HK$400 billion

The government’s grand long-term blueprint for Hong Kong, which envisions a 1,000-hectare man-made island in the middle of the sea, could cost over HK$400 billion, a concern group estimated.

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Marina: Nation’s last coastal sand mine might be shut down by Coastal Commission

The US nation’s last remaining coastal sand mine may face closure. The California Coastal Commission has put Marina’s Lapis sand mine on notice after a nearly six-year investigation into multiple violations of the state’s Coastal Act.

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$100 Billion Chinese-Made City Near Singapore To Be Built

The scale of the projects is dizzying. Country Garden’s Forest City, on four artificial islands, will house 700,000 people on an area four times the size of New York’s Central Park.

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Samoa: Beach sand mining is aggravating coastal erosion in Upolu

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Nov
23

In the Samoan island of Upolu, a villager is reporting seeing myriads of trucks loaded with sand mined from local beaches.

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Sand extraction destroys the Crimean beaches

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Nov
19

According to scientists, sand mining is a direct threat to all the beaches of the peninsula, as in the south-west and on the east coast.

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Shrinking Shores: Florida sand shortage leaves beaches in lurch

Beaches are built one truckload at a time as the main ingredient in the State’s beach renourishemnt program – offshore sand – gets harder to find.

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Sand’s end

Miami Beach has run out of sand. Now what?

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    $100 Billion Chinese-Made City Near Singapore To Be Built

    December 5th, 2016

    The scale of the projects is dizzying. Country Garden’s Forest City, on four artificial islands, will house 700,000 people on an area four times the size of New York’s Central Park.

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    Samoa: Beach sand mining is aggravating coastal erosion in Upolu

    November 23rd, 2016

    In the Samoan island of Upolu, a villager is reporting seeing myriads of trucks loaded with sand mined from local beaches.

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    Sand extraction destroys the Crimean beaches

    November 19th, 2016

    According to scientists, sand mining is a direct threat to all the beaches of the peninsula, as in the south-west and on the east coast.

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    Shrinking Shores: Florida sand shortage leaves beaches in lurch

    November 18th, 2016

    Beaches are built one truckload at a time as the main ingredient in the State’s beach renourishemnt program – offshore sand – gets harder to find.

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    Sand’s end

    November 18th, 2016

    Miami Beach has run out of sand. Now what?

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    An Assessment of the Impact of Sand Mining: Unguja, Zanzibar, Tanzania

    November 14th, 2016

    In mainland Tanzania, in comparison to Zanzibar, sand mining is done mainly along the coast and in river beds. This does a great deal of damage because it destabilizes the river banks and may collapse any bridges along them. On the contrary, mining in Zanzibar is generally done on the coastal beaches or in the hinterland areas that are richer in available sand.

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    Indonesia: land right activists killed for protesting illegal sand mining

    November 12th, 2016

    Legal and illegal mining has become a serious concern over the past five years in Indonesia. Such exploitation of natural resources has contributed to a number of human rights violations in Indonesia, such as murder, torture, attacks, illegal detention, land grabbing and forced eviction.

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    The Last Wave, Andaman Islands

    November 12th, 2016

    Environmentalist, freelance journalist, photographer and author Pankaj Sekhsaria has spent 20 years studying and fighting for the ecology of the Andaman and Nicobar islands. His first fiction novel ‘Last Wave’ about these islands, published in 2014, is getting released in Goa along with his photo exhibition.

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    Sand Storm: $750 Million Worth of The Material is Unaccounted For in Cambodia

    November 11th, 2016

    Nearly 50 civil society organizations called for the Cambodian government to join some other Southeast Asian nations and ban or severely restrict exports of sand to Singapore after it was revealed that nearly $750 million worth of the building material has disappeared from the country.

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    Officials confirm some Kailua Beach Park sand is going to city golf courses

    October 23rd, 2016

    Kailua residents are demanding answers after a dump truck filled with sand was spotted leaving Kailua Beach Park and heading to town. Residents say it was all the more suspect because of the Kuhio Beach erosion headlines at the same time.

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