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18 Jun
The word sand usually conjures up images of a holiday on the beach. But the fine grains also happen to be a precious commodity. Humans extract 50 billion tonnes of sand and gravel every year, making it the second most exploited resource on the planet. Can the world keep digging for more? The Down to Earth team investigates.
27 Sep 2021
A warm welcome in Albania and luxurious accommodation cannot dispel the desperation among Afghan refugees, who anxiously await news from back home.
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DW reporter Sarah Hucal couldn't resist: She took a private trip to the Canary Islands to find out what it feels like to go on vacation during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is her experience.
9 Mar 2021
"There are many people who are scared, but we are already used to the life we have," says a resident of El Rodeo in Guatemala, after the Pacaya volcano erupted, covering nearby communities in volcanic sand.

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