Mar 31, 2010

Smuggling Indonesia's islands, one boat load at a time!

freakonomics reports:
Black-market smugglers are literally stealing Indonesia’s small islands, including the legendary UNESCO heritage site of Krakatoa. “Sea reclamation projects in China, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore are driving a black market in Indonesia’s abundant supplies of soil, sand and gravel,” reports The Times of London. Twenty-four islands have allegedly disappeared since 2005 due to erosion driven by sand mining. 

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