A vessel spews Indonesian sand in Singapore, the world’s biggest importer of sand. Photo: AFP

The world is running out of a resource, and it’s not oil

A looming shortage of sand – a crucial resource once thought endless – could sink infrastructure projects, including those in China’s Belt and Road Initiative

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A vessel spews Indonesian sand in Singapore, the world’s biggest importer of sand. Photo: AFP
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Laura Villadiego

Laura Villadiego

Born and raised in Spain, Laura Villadiego is a freelance journalist specialized in human rights, labour issues and the environment. Based in Thailand, she has been covering Southeast Asia since 2009. Her work has been published in international media outlets, such as Al Jazeera, The Guardian or the Spanish News Agency EFE. She has also co-authored two books focused on supply chains.