World facing shortage of sand

Sand dunes near Sousevlei, Namibia. UN Photo/John Isaac

Although it's often thought to be an abundantly available resource, the world is facing a shortage of sand.

Sand is the main ingredient used in concrete, glass and roads, even our electronic devices. As a result, demand for sand is higher than ever.

To meet these needs, a multi-billion dollar sand mining industry has taken off; and where supplies are low, a thriving black market exists.

Bruce Edwards spoke to Pascal Peduzzi from the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) about this phenomenon.

Duration: 4'52"

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