Louisiana loses a football field of land every hour to the ocean

If you compare a map of the Louisiana coastline in the 1920s to today, the difference is striking. About 1,883 square miles of land has just disappeared — swallowed into the Gulf of Mexico. And each year Louisiana loses more. In fact, roughly a football field's worth of land is lost every hour.

From ProPublica:

In 50 years, most of southeastern Louisiana not protected by levees will be part of the Gulf of Mexico. The state is losing a football field of land every 48 minutes — 16 square miles a year — due to climate change, drilling and dredging for oil and gas, and levees on the Mississippi River.

This, of course, will continue to have an enormous impact on the regional economy, as the Gulf Coast's water levels are anticipated to rise 4.3 feet by the year 2100. As the old saying goes, they're quite literally not making land anymore.

To read more about the history and future of Louisiana, and the devastating effects of climate change on the region, be sure to check out The Lens' and ProPublica's analysis.

Image: Screenshot from ProPublica


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