4 Dec 2009

The cost of living underwater

...as in Delta land that's below sea-level (via JWT):
...each square meter of pasture loses about 2/10ths of a gram of carbon per day. It sounds small – until you realize that across the entire delta 20,000 cubic meters of peat disappear each day.

Hundreds of pumps toil to remove water that seeps through the levees, a Sisyphean task. No one knows the exact amount, but on an average day, they probably push more than 300 million gallons of water uphill over the levees, consuming fossil fuels and emitting carbon dioxide as they do.