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Just as the world’s viable coffee producing regions are under threat due to climate change, the world’s sand supplies are also diminishing.

According to Sand and Sustainability, a study by the United Nations Environment Programme, after water, sand is the most extracted mineral in the world. It is used to produce concrete, glass, and many other essential construction materials, as well as countless other commodities.

The report adds that sand extraction is severely underregulated and many operations have a severe impact on marine, coastal, and freshwater ecosystems. Desert sand is too fine to be used in construction, which

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