Study: Elevated CO2 made arid regions greener from 1982 to 2010

“The effect of higher carbon dioxide levels on plant function is an important process that needs greater consideration.”

Scientists have long suspected that a flourishing of green foliage around the globe, observed since the early 1980s in satellite data, springs at least in part from the increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere. Now, a study of arid regions around the globe finds that a carbon dioxide “fertilization effect” has, indeed, caused a gradual greening from 1982 to 2010.

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