The New Thing To Worry About: Sand

Published on 10 May 2019, 23:19
By volume, the amount of sand human beings use is second only to water, amounting to just under forty pounds per person, per day. But according to Science Magazine, the United Nations warns in a new report that humanity's insatiable demand for sand now poses “one of the major sustainability challenges of the 21st century. Furthermore, meeting it will require “improved governance of global sand resources." In the first global effort to find solutions to the problems of dwindling sand supplies, the report recommends encouraging ways of reducing demand for new sand and strengthening policies aimed at discouraging the harmful environmental impacts of sand mining. It also recommends developing a more traceable sand supply chain, through better monitoring and the sharing of information internationally.

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