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Deadlocked: economics versus the environment at New Zealand’s NZ$1bn sand mining project

Deadlocked: economics versus the environment at New Zealand’s NZ$1bn sand mining project

Trans-Tasman Resources has been involved in a protracted legal battle over a proposed sand mining project off the New Zealand coast, which would see 50 million tonnes of sediment lifted and processed a year to mine for iron ore beneath the waves.

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Illegal sand mining a deadly beat for India’s journalists

Illegal sand mining a deadly beat for India’s journalists

The recent killing of a reporter in India’s Uttar Pradesh state has exposed the dangers for journalists covering illegal sand mining and construction in the country. The sand mining industry is laden with corruption, and this puts journalists who cover the topic at an increased danger.

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Liberia: residents decry illicit sand mining in Schiefflin township

Liberia: residents decry illicit sand mining in Schiefflin township

Residents are pleading with the government to come to their aid as illegal miners continue to mine sand and causing grave environmental hazard to the community. They say that there is continuous 24-hour, 7-day beach mining taking place.

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Could we run out of sand? Scientists adjust how grains are measured

Could we run out of sand? Scientists adjust how grains are measured

We are astounded to discover there are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on our beaches.

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North Korea might be making millions — and breaking sanctions — selling sand. Yes, sand.

North Korea might be making millions — and breaking sanctions — selling sand. Yes, sand.

North Korea is barred from exporting earth and stone under United Nations sanctions passed in December 2017. Trading North Korean sand is a violation of international law. Despite those measures, North Korea raked in at least $22 million last year using “a substantial sand-export operation,” UN investigators said in a report released in April.

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Satellites Show Scale Of Suspected Illegal Dredging In South China Sea

Satellites Show Scale Of Suspected Illegal Dredging In South China Sea

An unrelenting fleet of China-based dredging vessels are churning up the South China Sea. They are accused of acting illegally, and of causing ecological damage. Satellite images show the incredible scale of the activity.

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Stripe picks $1 million in carbon-removal projects to spur industry

Stripe picks $1 million in carbon-removal projects to spur industry

The billionaire brothers who control San Francisco-based online payments company Stripe are spending a quarter of a million dollars to import special sand to a remote Caribbean beach.

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6 things you need to know about sand mining

6 things you need to know about sand mining

Sand is the single most mined commodity, eclipsing minerals and metals by a colossal margin. Around 85% of the material we pull up from the earth is sand, gravel or other aggregate materials. Globally our annual aggregate consumption is somewhere around 53 billion tonnes – the equivalent to every person on earth using 20kg of sand every single day.

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470,000 US dollars worth of illegally mined sand seized in 2019, Algeria

470,000 US dollars worth of illegally mined sand seized in 2019, Algeria

Beyond the direct threat to the littoral, illegal sand mining in Jijel has become a matter of sand mafias, and the numbers of cases handled increased compared to 2018.

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