• Monday, August 08, 2022

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Asia’s Deltas Are Sinking As Sand Mining Rises: Experts Warn

Sand Mining has Turned into an Environmental Hazard in Asia (Photo: TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images).

By: Radhakrishna N S

Now, sand mining has turned into an environmental hazard in Asia including India. Sand mining from rivers is depriving many low-lying Asian deltas of the sediment they need to maintain themselves, raising the risk of worsening land loss to sea level rise, researchers say. Combined with losses of soil-holding mangroves and accelerating groundwater extraction, which can lead to land sinking, the mining is increasing climate-related threats for those living in low-lying coastal areas, they said. “We have created a recipe for climate disaster,” said Marc Goichot of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Deltas dependent on the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna, Mekong and Yangtze…

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