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Sand mafias silence journalists in India

Up to 50 billion metric tons of sand and gravel are extracted every year worldwide. The inexhaustible need for sand from this rapidly-developing country is the breeding ground for illegal activities by what has come to be known as the “sand mafias”.

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UN Report: Sand Mafias are Destroying Moroccan Beaches

Sand mafias and illegal sand extraction are destroying beaches and threatening Morocco’s coastline, reminds the UN Environment Program.

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Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth

After water, concrete is the most widely used substance on the planet. But its benefits mask enormous dangers to the planet, to human health – and to culture itself.

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Private companies can no longer mine beaches in India

News, Sand Mining
Feb
21

Private beach sand miners can no longer mine the coasts of India, as per a Gazette notification by the Union Ministry of Mines which has just been made public.

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Sand mining in a dune system, Chile

News, Sand Mining
Feb
19

This is a normal situation here in this side of the world: when the legal go beyond the logic…

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The hidden environmental toll of mining the World’s sand

Sand mining is the world’s largest mining endeavor, responsible for 85 percent of all mineral extraction. It is also the least regulated, and quite possibly the most corrupt and environmentally destructive.

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Bulgarians decry ‘eco vandalism’ on coast

After pictures emerged on social media earlier this month of a giant sand dune being bulldozed, there’s been an angry reaction among eco activists and the general public.

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Corporate Sand Mining In SF Bay Sparks ‘Sand Wars’

News, Sand Mining
Nov
17

Six years ago, nonprofit environmental advocacy organization San Francisco Baykeeper sued sand-mining firm Hanson Marine Operations and the State Lands Commission to stop sand mining in the Bay. However, in November, an appeals court judge sided with the State Lands Commission and the sand mining company.

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Sierra Leone: Beaches under attack from sand miners

News, Sand Mining
Oct
23

Twenty-four hours a day, seven-days-a-week, truckloads of sand are being hauled from the beach into Freetown to satisfy the needs of construction companies and contractors. Hundreds of tonnes of sand from the beaches is mined and sold to builders as construction material. The activity is technically illegal but laws, as is often the case, are not being implemented or enforced.

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    French couple faces prison time after being caught with 90 pounds of sand from Sardinia

    August 19th, 2019

    A French couple is facing years of jail time after stealing almost 90 pounds of sand from Sardinia, the Italian island known for its picturesque beaches.

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    Sand stolen by tourists returned to Sardinian beaches

    August 6th, 2019

    Local authorities and environmental experts have teamed up with Olbia Airport to return sand, pebbles and shells confiscated from travellers’ luggage to beaches on Sardinia’s famed ‘Emerald Coast’.

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    Inside the deadly world of India’s sand mining mafia

    July 2nd, 2019

    India ranks second after China in its use of construction sand, a dwindling and increasingly valuable resource.

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    The crumbling coast: Mineral beach sand mining is eating away Kerala’s coast;Video

    June 26th, 2019

    Residents of Alappad, a seaside village in Kollam, Kerala, have begun the #savealappad campaign to stop sand mining in their village which is resulting in large chunks of land getting wiped out.

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    Sand mafias silence journalists in India

    June 22nd, 2019

    Up to 50 billion metric tons of sand and gravel are extracted every year worldwide. The inexhaustible need for sand from this rapidly-developing country is the breeding ground for illegal activities by what has come to be known as the “sand mafias”.

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    UN Report: Sand Mafias are Destroying Moroccan Beaches

    May 31st, 2019

    Sand mafias and illegal sand extraction are destroying beaches and threatening Morocco’s coastline, reminds the UN Environment Program.

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    Demand for sand: the largest mining industry no one talks about

    May 26th, 2019

    The world’s largest and perhaps most destructive mining industry is rarely discussed. Approximately 85 percent of all material mined from the earth is a simple and widely available resource: sand. Because it is so cheap and readily available, it is mined by everyone from guy with a shovel, to multi-million dollar machine operations.

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    Against the grain: anger grows at spike in ‘sand graffiti’ by tourists in Japan

    May 20th, 2019

    Local authorities in Japan have drawn a line in the sand amid anger over a rise in graffiti by foreign tourists disfiguring its pristine coastal dunes.

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