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A Global Sand Mining Crisis

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Fishers face sand dredges in Hamashu village, Lake Poyang. Image by Vince Beiser. China, 2016.

Fishers face sand dredges in Hamashu village, Lake Poyang. Image by Vince Beiser. China, 2016.

According to Vince Beiser, a grantee who has been uncovering the global sand crisis, China has used more cement in recent years than the United States did in the whole of the 20th century. Beiser explains how the construction boom is causing widespread environmental damage in an interview with WNYC Radio.