Increasing Carbon Dioxide Is Greening The Earth

Posted: Apr 26 2016, 6:45am CDT | by , Updated: Apr 26 2016, 7:36am CDT, in Latest Science News


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Increasing Carbon Dioxide is Greening the Earth
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  • Increasing Carbon Dioxide Levels may be contributing to the Lush Greenery of the Planet

The increasing carbon dioxide levels may be contributing to the lush greenery of the planet. This sounds almost paradoxical yet it just might be true.

High CO2 levels have been blamed for all the ills in the world. However, did you know that these increasing carbon dioxide levels may be contributing to the greenery across the globe.

This shocking side effect was never taken into consideration by climate scientists. Data that has been gathered from the past generation or so has shown consistent plant growth due to higher concentration of CO2 in the world.

More than half of the global plants species have shown increased growth and lush vegetation has burgeoned thanks to the higher CO2 levels.

This growth is almost like a green continent the size of the United States has been added to the world’s existing ratio of flora. It is an area that covers around 6.95 million square miles.

However, scientists warn that such a pattern is only a temporary side effect and it will disappear with the passage of time. While the added plant life may absorb some of the extra carbon dioxide, it will slow down its rate of absorption in the future.

Right now, over one-fourth of the 10 billion tons of carbon dioxide that goes into the air in the form of emissions is stored in the trees and soil. We do not have any knowledge of how long this state of affairs will continue to exist.

Yet one fine day in the future, Nature’s patience will wear out. Termed the Carbon Dioxide Fertilization Effect, it is surely a temporary phenomenon. Thus mankind need not get its hopes so high just yet. Besides, the plants will soon get used to the higher CO2 levels.

Satellites have been monitoring the rising CO2 levels since a long time. Computer simulation models were enacted to map the growth of the plants in response to the extra CO2 in the air.

85% of the earth’s surface is covered by vegetation. That is except for the ice-covered areas. About 35% is covered with greenery too. Plants tend to employ carbon dioxide in the process of photosynthesis.

They produce sugars from sunlight and water and carbon dioxide. These plants in turn are consumed by animals. Most of the carbon dioxide has an impact on the tropical regions of the earth. The link between CO2 and vegetation is a complex one and climate scientists need to take a closer look at it.

The study titled "Greening of the Earth and its Drivers" published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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