“A World Without”: Global Sand Crisis
We continue Worldview’s limited series, “A World Without”, revisiting a conversation on the global sand crisis. Many of us think of sand as an infinitely bountiful mineral . However, the things we use sand for the most, like concrete, glass, electronics, and roads, require a specific type of sand that is more and more in demand. This has led to organized crime rings around sand. Many countries have banned sand exports over environmental concerns. Sand exploitation has even shifted to the developing world. To discuss the global sand shortage, we’re joined by Jodi Brandt, assistant professor of Human Environment Systems at Boise State University. She co-authored the articles, “A looming tragedy of the sand commons” in Science Magazine, and “The world is facing a global sand crisis” in The Conversation.