Sand Wars

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    After water, the largest volume of natural material used to support global growth is sand. Demand has grown exponentially in the last two decades as Arab and Asian nations grapple with ways to expand land mass, economic zone, and geo-political standing. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will describe the impacts of sand extraction on the environment and will outline the true measure of its cost and the prospects for international protection and oversight.

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Image: Chinese dredging vessels in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands. Still shot is from video taken by a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft (May 2015). REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters.

 

About World Ocean Radio:
Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory and host of World Ocean Radio, provides coverage of a broad spectrum of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects. World Ocean Radio, a project of the World Ocean Observatory, is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by college and community radio stations worldwide. A selection of episodes is now available in Portuguese, Spanish, French, Swahili, and Mandarin, enabling us to reach 75% of the world's population. For more information, visit WorldOceanObservatory.org/world-ocean-radio-global.