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Category: Sand Mining

Corporate Sand Mining In SF Bay Sparks ‘Sand Wars’

Corporate Sand Mining In SF Bay Sparks ‘Sand Wars’

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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China’s search for sand is destroying Mozambique’s pristine beaches

China’s search for sand is destroying Mozambique’s pristine beaches

The community of Nagonha in northern Mozambique sits on a tall dune with lush greenery on the one side, and a turquoise Indian ocean on the other. It should have been the kind of unspoiled landscape that Mozambique’s growing tourism industry is beginning to take advantage of. Instead, a Chinese mining company has irrevocably tarnished the scenery, and people’s lives.

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Sierra Leone: Beaches under attack from sand miners

Sierra Leone: Beaches under attack from sand miners

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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As sand mining grows, Asia’s deltas are sinking, water experts warn

As sand mining grows, Asia’s deltas are sinking, water experts warn

Sand mining from rivers is depriving many low-lying Asian deltas of the sediment they need to maintain themselves, raising the risk of worsening land loss to sea level rise, researchers say.

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A microscopic look at why the world is running out of sand; Video

A microscopic look at why the world is running out of sand; Video

The usefulness of sand depends on the science of each tiny little grain. We went on a sand scavenger hunt to collect some samples, look at them under a microscope, and try to figure out why sand scarcity is such a problem.

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Did sand mining exacerbate flooding during Hurricane Harvey?

Did sand mining exacerbate flooding during Hurricane Harvey?

Following Hurricane Harvey, the sand mining industry that has boomed along the San Jacinto River has come under fierce criticism. Protestors, environmental groups and state officials have argued that operating within the floodways reduced the river’s capacity to hold the surge of water.

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Sardinia sand thieves face fines of up to €3,000

Sardinia sand thieves face fines of up to €3,000

Sardinian authorities are getting tough with tourists who steal sand from the island’s pristine beaches as a souvenir and are issuing fines of up to Euros €3,000.

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Ugandan children abandon school for sand mining

Ugandan children abandon school for sand mining

More and more Ugandan children drop out of school, lured into sand mining on the banks of River Nile in Busaana Sub-county, and joining what seems a lucrative venture to earn a living.

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Hong Kong land reclamation explained: the good, bad and ugly methods of pushing back the sea

Hong Kong land reclamation explained: the good, bad and ugly methods of pushing back the sea

About 6 per cent of city is reclaimed land, and while extending the shoreline of a land-starved society seems ever more attractive, critics say it would not solve housing issues. At the same time, conservation groups such as WWF and Greenpeace say reclamation is environmentally catastrophic.

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