Coastal Care

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Tag: Sand Mining Resources

How and why China is building islands in the South China Sea

How and why China is building islands in the South China Sea

China has been building manmade bases over some of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea since 2014, specifically targeting shallower areas, sandbanks, and reefs—islands, the shallower the better; a place that won’t sink under a load of concrete.

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Sand mining ban lifted on beach in Suriname, causing public backlash

Sand mining ban lifted on beach in Suriname, causing public backlash

Of the Suriname coast, sand mining barges sighted at Braamspunt beach, came as a shock to the public and to local NGOs alike, as beach sand mining had been banned since December 2015.

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Support pours in for woman journalist being harassed by sand mining mafia, India

Support pours in for woman journalist being harassed by sand mining mafia, India

Students, IT professionals and activists have pledged to stand by independent journalist Sandhya Ravishankar who is under attack for writing a series of articles on alleged illegal beach sand mining

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This Journalist Is Going Through Hell For Exposing Illegal Beach Sand Mining In Tamil Nadu

This Journalist Is Going Through Hell For Exposing Illegal Beach Sand Mining In Tamil Nadu

All hell has broken loose since journalist Ravishankar published a four-part series on illegal beach sand mining along the Tamil Nadu coast…

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How to Steal a River

How to Steal a River

To feed an enormous building boom, India’s relentless sand miners have devastated the waterways that make life there possible.

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Sand Is in Such High Demand, People Are Stealing Tons of It

Sand Is in Such High Demand, People Are Stealing Tons of It

As strange as it may sound, sand is one of the world’s hottest commodities. The global construction boom has created an insatiable appetite for sand, the chief ingredient for making concrete. The problem is that sand isn’t as abundant as it used to be. And when high demand and high value meets scarcity, you open the doors to smuggling.

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He who controls the sand: the mining ‘mafias’ killing each other to build cities

He who controls the sand: the mining ‘mafias’ killing each other to build cities

In Kenya, as in most of the developing world, cities are growing at a frenzied pace. Creating buildings to house all the people and the roads to knit them together requires prodigious quantities of sand. As the price of sand goes up, the ‘mafias’ get more involved.

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Ignoring state threats, firm keeps sucking sand from Monterey Bay

Ignoring state threats, firm keeps sucking sand from Monterey Bay

The Lapis Sand Plant, in operation since 1906, is the nation’s last coastal sand mine. The California Coastal Commission has threatened to close the plant, but the company refuses to relinquish its claim to the uniquely coarse amber-colored Monterey sand, which it calls “Lapis Lustre.” But Cemex is the world’s second largest building materials company, and any attempt to kick it out is likely to immerse the state in years of expensive litigation.

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Sand mining: the global environmental crisis you’ve probably never heard of

Sand mining: the global environmental crisis you’ve probably never heard of

From Cambodia to California, industrial-scale sand mining is causing wildlife to die, local trade to wither and bridges to collapse. And booming urbanisation means the demand for this increasingly valuable resource is unlikely to let up.

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