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The damage caused by Singapore's insatiable thirst for land

The damage caused by Singapore's insatiable thirst for land | Global Issues in Resource Management | Scoop.it
While logging and deforestation has gained global attention the growing sand mining sector is being largely ignored. Fuelled by Singapore’s land and construction demands it is wreaking environmental destruction across south-east Asia

The fast growing market for sand in south-east Asia, particularly from Singapore, is being linked to widespread damage to coastal ecosystems and fish stocks.

The densely populated state of Singapore has expanded in size by more than 20 per cent since the 1960s by reclaiming vast amounts of land from the sea, in doing so becoming the world’s biggest importer of sand – 14.2 million tonnes in 2008.

Most of its exports have come from neighbouring Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam but all three have now attempted to limit or ban exports of sand. With plans to expand its surface area by a further 7 per cent by 2020, Singapore is becoming increasingly reliant on another one of its neighbours, Cambodia, to meet its demand.
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clare wormald's curator insight, January 22, 2015 3:41 PM

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Brandon Whitley's curator insight, December 3, 2015 10:12 AM

if we keep pulling the large amounts of sand from the ocean we will start to kill fish leaving less food and other jobs low. 

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How a Volcanic Eruption in 1815 Darkened the World but Colored the Arts

How a Volcanic Eruption in 1815 Darkened the World but Colored the Arts | Global Issues in Resource Management | Scoop.it
Investigators are still struggling to understand the most powerful eruption in recorded history, which gave rise to icy weather and pandemics, but also to great literature and art.
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Secretary Jewell, Governor Jindal Announce Proposal to Remove Louisiana Black Bear from Endangered Species List

Secretary Jewell, Governor Jindal Announce Proposal to Remove Louisiana Black Bear from Endangered Species List | Global Issues in Resource Management | Scoop.it
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Whales on the Wrong Side of the World – Phenomena: The Loom

Whales on the Wrong Side of the World – Phenomena: The Loom | Global Issues in Resource Management | Scoop.it
In May 2010, a whale showed up on the wrong side of the world. A team of marine biologists was conducting a survey off the coast of Israel when they spotted it. At first they thought it was a sperm...
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Warm oceans pose risk of global coral bleaching event in 2015 | NOAA Climate.gov

Warm oceans pose risk of global coral bleaching event in 2015 | NOAA Climate.gov | Global Issues in Resource Management | Scoop.it
After a surprisingly rough summer for coral reefs in 2014, NOAA scientists are warning that warm ocean temperatures in the tropical Pacific and Indian Oceans could set the stage for a global outbreak of coral bleaching—the loss of corals’ food-producing algae—in 2015.
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Ancient Settlers Killed Off HOW Many Bird Species?

Ancient Settlers Killed Off HOW Many Bird Species? | Global Issues in Resource Management | Scoop.it
By Sean Treacy
The first humans to settle the Pacific islands left a wave of extinct bird species in their wake. But gaps in the fossil record make it difficult to determine just how massive the loss was. Now, a new modeling study accounts for thos...
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Great Barrier Reef will be 'slaughtered': scientists dismiss Julie Bishop's claim reef not at risk

Great Barrier Reef will be 'slaughtered': scientists dismiss Julie Bishop's claim reef not at risk | Global Issues in Resource Management | Scoop.it
Scientists say the Great Barrier Reef will be “slaughtered” this century as seas warm and become more acidic, dismissing comments by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop that the reef was not at risk.
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Boaters mapping garbage patch in Pacific Ocean return to San Francisco

Boaters mapping garbage patch in Pacific Ocean return to San Francisco | Global Issues in Resource Management | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Scientists and volunteers who have spent the last month gathering data on how much plastic garbage is floating in the Pacific Ocean will return to San Francisco and share preliminary findings.

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Researchers race clock to collect samples near spill

Researchers race clock to collect samples near spill | Global Issues in Resource Management | Scoop.it
Researchers from CSU Channel Islands were trying to get ahead of spilled oil lingering in the ocean off the coast off Santa Barbara County to collect samples from area beaches before the crude hits the ­shore.
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Dozens Feared Dead After Cyclone Strikes Pacific Island Nation

Dozens Feared Dead After Cyclone Strikes Pacific Island Nation | Global Issues in Resource Management | Scoop.it
At least eight people are dead after Cyclone Pam struck the Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu on Saturday, The Guardian reports. The death toll is expected to rise significantly.
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Praying underwater in Bohol

Praying underwater in Bohol | Global Issues in Resource Management | Scoop.it
MANILA, Philippines – Fourteen-foot statues of Mother Mary and the Holy Child Jesus can be found in Bohol’s newest attraction – an underwater grotto.
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Heavy rainfall events becoming more frequent on Big Island, Hawaii

Heavy rainfall events becoming more frequent on Big Island, Hawaii | Global Issues in Resource Management | Scoop.it
A recent study determined that heavy rainfall events have become more frequent over the last 50 years on Hawai'i Island. For instance, a rare storm with daily precipitation of nearly 12 inches, occurring once every 20 years by 1960, has become a rather common storm event on the Big Island of Hawai'i -- returning every 3-5 years by 2009.
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Meant to Keep Malaria Out, Mosquito Nets Are Used to Haul Fish In

Meant to Keep Malaria Out, Mosquito Nets Are Used to Haul Fish In | Global Issues in Resource Management | Scoop.it
The nets, with holes smaller than mosquitoes, trap much more than traditional fishing nets do and could wipe out stressed fish populations in Africa.
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