SNA - Sand for Singapore's growth comes at environmental cost to poorer neighbors

SNA - Sand for Singapore's growth comes at environmental cost to poorer neighbors

Lush jungle hills give way to a flotilla of dredgers operating 24 hours a day, scooping up sand and piling it onto ocean-bound barges. The churned-up waters and fuel discharges, villagers say, have decimated the fish so vital to their livelihoods. Riverbanks are beginning to collapse, and the din and pollution are killing a promising ecotourism industry. What is bad news for the poor, remote Tatai community is great tidings for Singapore, the wealthy city-state that is expanding its territory by reclaiming land from the sea. Sand from nearby countries is the prime landfill and also essential building material for Singapore's spectacular skyline. As more countries ban its export to curb environmental damage _ entire Indonesian islands have been all but wiped off the map _ suppliers to Singapore scour the region for what still can be obtained, legally or not. Cambodia, a poo...

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