Sand Crisis

The World’s Disappearing Sand 
Sand is the essential ingredient that makes modern life possible. And we are starting to run out.
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The Secret Ingredient to China’s Aggression? Sand 
One of the most dangerous confrontations between the United States and China is heating up,sparked by China’s growing mastery of the use of the world’s most overlooked natural resource.
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The Battle for Our Beaches 
Development and industrial demand are stripping shorelines of their sand around the world. Can we keep replenishing our beaches indefinitely?
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Concrete Questions 
Concrete is the skeleton of our civilization. It’s also devastating the planet.
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The Deadly Global War for Sand
Battles sparked by sand mining have reportedly killed hundreds in recent years—including police officers, government officials, and ordinary people.
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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

He who controls the sand: the mining ‘mafias’ killing each other to build cities
Rapid urbanisation has made an ordinary commodity suddenly precious: sand.As cities continue to voraciously need concrete, glass and asphalt, illegal sand mining has sparked a global wave of gang violence

How Sand Mining Threatens a Way of Life in Southeast Asia 
Vietnam is a prime example of a little-known global threat: the mining of river sand to build the world’s booming cities.
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Is Shanghai’s Appetite for Sand Killing China’s Biggest Lake? 

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: The Global War for Sand