Sand shortage: An overlooked environmental crisis?, CGTN, 24 September 2019

China Global Television Network (CGTN) carried an article on the global issue of sand shortage. The article featured comments by Yale-NUS Professor of Science (Environmental Studies and Geophysics) Brian McAdoo, who attributed the excessive sand consumption to rapid growth in Asia, which creates high demand for sand to be used in construction. Prof McAdoo also explained why desert sand is unsuitable for construction, and also commented on the ways that Singapore recycles its construction materials. The article also quoted Prof McAdoo as saying that sand is “a major environmental buffer”, protecting against disasters like floods and tsunamis.

 

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