Sand Wars Documentary on TVO

Got to TVO media viewer to watch this documentary (available until Mar 30, 2018).

Most of us think of it as a complimentary ingredient of any beach vacation. Yet those seemingly insignificant grains of silica surround our daily lives. Every house, skyscraper and glass building, every bridge, airport and sidewalk in our modern society depends on sand. We use it to manufacture optical fiber, cell phone components and computer chips. We find it in our toothpaste, powdered foods and even in our glass of wine (both the glass and the wine, as a fining agent)!
Is sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms?  What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and the neighboring populations?
Based on encounters with sand smugglers, barefoot millionaires, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous real estate developers and environmentalists, this investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “SAND WARS” have begun.

Here is the movie site: http://sand-wars.com/index.html

Below see a TED talk by the filmaker and the official trailer …


Nine Green-Product Databases for Architects, Specifiers, and Consumers

Green-product databases can be a boon when you’re working on a sustainable design project, but not all are created equal. Some are incomplete or lack rigor while others may be outdated or defunct. Determining what’s useful is not always easy. To get you started, here are nine resources that are still going strong.

Read the article with links to the product databases at http://www.architectmagazine.com/technology/products/nine-green-product-databases-for-architects-specifiers-and-consumers_o

Screenshot Quartz Project Database