Most of us think of sand as a necessary ingredient for 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 our 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? Based on encounters with sand smugglers, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous real estate developers and environmentalists, this investigation by award-winning director Denis Delestrac takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the sand wars have begun.
Log in to rate programs.
No online rights or broadcast dates.
Google and the World Brain
In 1937 HG Wells predicted the creation of the "World Brain", a giant global library that contained all human knowledge and which would lead to a new form of higher...
Men Who Swim
A humorous and poignant look at a group of middle-aged men who have found unlikely success as members of Swedens all-male synchronized swimming team.
Canada Over the Edge
Take to the skies for a breathtaking view of British Columbia's spectacular coast. From the rocky shores of Vancouver Island to the silt-laden mouth of the Fraser, over ancient...
Hope for Wildlife
Back for a fourth season, this popular documentary series goes behind-the-scenes at Nova Scotia's Hope for Wildlife rehab centre. Here, the indefatigable Hope Swinimer and her team...
Oil Sands Karaoke
Fort McMurray is at the centre of a new gold rush. Thousands of men and women have been drawn to the northern boomtown with the promise of high-paying jobs in one of the most...
Working People: A History of Labour in British Columbia
The stories of ordinary people who played extraordinary roles in the building of our province.
Blood Relative: Mumbai's Forgotten Children
Indian activist Vinay Shetty fights to save two children who are dying from the rare disease Thalassemia. As he battles against Indias broken...
Take Me Home
What does home mean to you? For each person, its different and so personal - in the backyard, on stage, in Tofino, in the kitchen, or wherever family is. In Take Me Home, Knowledge Network...