Episode 175 A Grain of Sand with Vince Beiser

The best estimate is that there are 7 quintillian, 500 quadrillion grains of sand on the world’s beaches.  It may seem like an endless number, but what is happening now that they are disappearing?  And where are they going?  Legal and illegal mining and erosion are all to blame.  Sharing his book “The World in a Grain,” Vince Beiser is discussing the importance of this diminishing natural resource.

Topics Covered in this episode:

  • What inspired you to write this book?
  • What do we use sand for?
  • How is it important for building?
  • How is it important for the tech industry?
  • What does fracking do?
  • How are we collecting sand?
  • Why are beaches disappearing? What does this mean?
  • What sort of damage happens when we mine for sand?
  • What’s happening to coral reef?
  • What does this mean for coastal cities?
    • Haven’t desserts always moved around? How is this different?
    • How is this affecting climate change?
    • How is this affecting people?
    • How is this affecting land in general?
    • Are government regulations enough right now?
  • How can someone get ahold of you/website/book?