Peer Reviewed Study: Carbon emissions are greening the planet

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By Joseph Mackinnon for The Blaze, February 13, 2024

Climate alarmists have long suggested that human industry, farming, and the consumption of affordable energy would amount to environmental ruin and possibly extinction. It turns out that humanity’s much-lamented carbon dioxide emissions are actually doing a great job feeding plants and greening the world.

Global greening, in turn, is apparently diminishing the impact of so-called global warming as well as weather extremes.

A peer-reviewed study recently published in the journal Global Ecology and Conservation underscored that “global greening is an indisputable fact” and has accelerated over the past 20 years across over 55% of the globe.

The global leaf area index — the measure of the amount of leaf area relative to ground area — based on satellite observations has shown the world to be greening since the early 1980s. Researchers from Australia and China endeavored to confirm with remote sensing data whether this trend has continued in recent years, especially in the face of recent suggestions that the world is alternatively browning.

The researchers found that “the global greening was still present in 2001-2020, with 55.15% of areas greening at an accelerated rate, mainly concentrated in India and the European plains, compared with 7.28% of browning.”

Multiple linear regression analyses indicated that the “dominant driver” for this trend was carbon dioxide.

A 2019 paper published in the journal Nature Reviews Earth & Environment and taken up by NASA indicated greening slows global warming.

The paper stated, “Vegetation models suggest that CO2 fertilization is the main driver of greening on the global scale, with other factors being notable at the regional scale. Modelling indicates that greening could mitigate global warming by increasing the carbon sink on land and altering biogeophysical processes, mainly evaporative cooling.”

Shilong Piao of Peking University, lead author on the 2019 paper, said, “This greening and associated cooling is beneficial.”

“It is ironic that the very same carbon emissions responsible for harmful changes to climate are also fertilizing plant growth,” said co-author Jarle Bjerke of the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, “which in turn is somewhat moderating global warming.”

Another recent study published in the sustainability journal One Earth found that greening “has mitigated daytime and nighttime hot temperature extremes.”

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