The unknown scarcity of sand

Sand, a resource that is well under the radar when we talk about scarcity of resources, is increasingly demanded for the production of concrete and asphalt. Global urbanization generates a mind-boggling demand for certain types of sand which is extracted intensively with (potentially) devastating environmental outcomes.

“There is so much demand for certain types of construction sand that Dubai, which sits on the edge of an enormous desert, imports sand from Australia. ”

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/feb/27/sand-mining-global-environmental-crisis-never-heard

 

Brazilian soy industry extends moratorium on deforestation indefinitely

Conservation usually is a long list of bad news, so hearing something positive is rather quite rare and I think should be put forward much more! I’m not 100% sure about the current state of the amazon, but from what I hear it seems Brazil is doing a fairly decent job in stopping deforestation. An indefinite moratorium on soy bean expansion is a good sign especially coming from the industry and can hopefully function as an example for other industries and countries as well!

Here is the article: Mongabay – moratorium extension

/Marius

Montserrat’s last two mountain chicken frogs to be reunited to save species (Garmin)

Pretty fascinating species and a desperate attempt to save what is left. Unfortunately one of the best known cases of rapid amphibian decline, but there are probably many, many more we’ve never heard about

 

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/27/monserrats-last-two-mountain-chicken-frogs-to-be-reunited-to-save-species