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We're running out of sand -- yet another market failure

Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by SwedishAdvocate, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. SwedishAdvocate

    SwedishAdvocate Active Member

    Jul 26, 2012
    Sweden, Earth
    #1 SwedishAdvocate, Sep 18, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2013
    I saw a 52 min. edit of this documentary on Swedish Public Service TV:

    SAND WARS – The official site which has a 2:50 long trailer

    Unfortunately the Swedish Public Service TV site is the only place I know of where it’s currently available. And here it’s been locked in so it can only be viewed in Sweden. And only for about 3 more days. (And for several seconds at a time it’s also got a Swedish speaker voice, and a bunch of foreign languages spoken are texted to Swedish.)

    Even so, here’s the link to the Swedish Public Service TV version:

    Dokument utifrån - Sandkriget | SVT Play

    A (rather parcial) selection:

    You see, there’s a difference between the little granulates. The sand you find in a desert has been polished, so all the roughness on those granulates has disappeared. In the building sector they want sand with roughness.

    So what do the scruple less usual suspects do?

    Why, they go sand grabbing! (of course) Getting it where they can: At the worlds beaches, and sea beds.

    Singapore accused of launching 'Sand Wars' - Telegraph

    Yes. You can sell sand to an Arab.

    Sea resort sells sand to Arabs - News - The Independent

    Saudi Arabia Running out of Sand : TreeHugger

    Sheikh to import 3,000 tons of sand from Lancashire - Telegraph
    (And that would be Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in Dubai)

    Dubai, of course, ran out because of little sparks of genius like these:

    The World is sinking: Dubai islands 'falling into the sea' - Telegraph

    Palm Islands - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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