The mission of the Santa Aguila Foundation is to raise awareness of and mobilize people against the ongoing decimation of coastlines and oceans around the world.

Category: Sand Mining

Rule change may threaten coastal areas

Rule change may threaten coastal areas

The U.S. Department of Interior Secretary’s reversal of a rule that limited where sand within federally restricted coastal zones may be placed is a change that environmentalists say is a step backward in protecting sensitive coastal resources.

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Asia’s hunger for sand is harmful to farming and the environment

Asia’s hunger for sand is harmful to farming and the environment

Singapore’s added construction plan (in brown), 01-2020. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care Singapore’s expansion has been a colossal undertaking….

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Unsustainable sand mining is threatening lives along the Mekong River in Cambodia

Unsustainable sand mining is threatening lives along the Mekong River in Cambodia

Sand river mining in the Puna Tsang Chu, Punakha, Bhutan, January 2020. Photograph:Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care. As of…

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A great carbon reckoning comes to architecture

A great carbon reckoning comes to architecture

Practitioners have finally begun taking a more nuanced approach to the carbon emitted by new buildings. Are they too late?

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Purchasing «Sahara sand» to maintain a Canary Islands’ beach stirs controversy

Purchasing «Sahara sand» to maintain a Canary Islands’ beach stirs controversy

The Canary Islands archipelago has been slammed for using Sahara sand to maintain one of its beaches. The works were also criticized for violating the procedure set by the islands’ authorities.

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Global mineral sand market report to share key aspects of the industry with the details of influence factors

Global mineral sand market report to share key aspects of the industry with the details of influence factors

Mineral sand is old beach sand that contains concentrations of key minerals. Based on end-user industry, the market can be classified into building & construction, paints & coatings, metal & mining, and others. The building & construction segment is projected to expand at a rapid pace during the forecast period.

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Ghana: Sand mining threatens coastal tourism in Central Region

Ghana: Sand mining threatens coastal tourism in Central Region

Ghana’s 168,000-kilometres of Atlantic ocean (Gulf of Guinea) is undulated with batholiths as a dominant feature with stretches of sandy beaches intermittently separated by cliffs or rock outcrops. However, intensive activities of illegal sand miners at its coastline has exposed tourist facilities and other national edifices to the ravages of the sea.

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North Stradbroke Island: sand mining ends in three weeks?

North Stradbroke Island: sand mining ends in three weeks?

The Australian Labor Government passed laws in 2016 to phase out sand mining on the island by the end of 2019.

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In the deep end: ‘Life in Troubled Waters’ Exhibit

In the deep end: ‘Life in Troubled Waters’ Exhibit

The photographs taken by Selvaprakash Lakshmanan look at the changing Indian coastal landscape that has been affected by erosion, chemical plants, rising sea levels and over-fishing.

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