Selling sand in the desert is an old proverb to describe a skilled salesman. However, the definition may need to be reevaluated. Sand used in construction is becoming a rare and precious resource and the high demand is causing problems for ecosystems and humans alike.
What if 20 years' worth of US fossil fuel emissions was released due to unsustainable land use? Exploiting the world's largest tropical peatland, recently discovered in the Congo Basin, might turn this scenario into reality.