Looting sand

Sand shortage? Those deserts have the wrong kind of sand! Climate change is our biggest problem, but there are lots of others.

Sand mafias and vanishing islands

Sand seems like a limitless resource, but mounting evidence suggests this is far from the case.

“In the past year there have been hundreds of people murdered because of conflicts between sand mafias,” says Torres.

We are unlikely to completely run out of sand, but quite aside from the diminishing stocks the devastating impacts of sand mining mean this is no longer something that can continue unchecked.

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