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The Deadly Global War for Sand

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

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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Sand Mining Threatens South Africa’s Coast

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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Sand Dredging Threatening Tourism at Top-Rated Kenya Beach

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Feb
23

Unless measures are taken to halt dredging along the south coast beaches once and for all, one of Kenya’s greatest tourism resources could be damaged beyond repair and turn from a crowd puller and award winner in the space of a few months into a marine desert landscape.

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Liberia: Coastal Defense Paradox – Beach Sand Mining Persists

Despite claims by the government of Liberia that it is committed to a coastal defense plan in order to save the city of Buchanan from sea erosion, beach sand mining in Central and Upper Buchanan continues on a weekly basis.

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Kenya: Leave the sand on Diani Beach

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Jan
27

Tourism stakeholders in Kenya and local residents of Diani Beach south of Mombasa are up in arms over plans to extract some 5 million tons of sand from award-winning Diani tourist beach.

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Coastal Sand Mining: Govts. Asked to Respond; India

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Jan
27

The Madras High Court has directed the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government to respond to a public interest litigation petition seeking a SIT probe into illegal beach sand mining in the State.

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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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