When I saw an article for the first time that mentioned Earth is much greener now compared to two decades before, I thought that’s a joke. Because as far as I have seen people are cutting trees to build homes, even government is eradicating trees to lay roads and bridges, how come earth is greener then?
But before concluding anything, proper research is must to understand the reality. NASA had recently reported that China and India have increasingly stressed the importance of tree planting that has led to this much greener effect overall. It is said that China had gardened much attention with various tree planting program to reduce Air pollution. China’s increase in forest area is the result of forest conservation and expansion programs.
On the other hand, India has been breaking its own record of planting 66 million saplings in 12 hours time last year. India has contributed a further 6.8% rise in green leaf area, with 82% from croplands and 4.4% from forests.
It is true that Satellite images that were taken recently is much more greener than compared to the images taken 20 years ago. It feels good humans are actually contributing towards greener environment.
Spoiler: Researchers also states that new greenery does not neutralize deforestation and its negative impacts on ecosystems elsewhere. Only when every corner of the world is filled with trees we can conserve our ecosystem.