A lush green, velvet carpet is draped over the Earth and with the increase in the planet’s temperatures this verdant cover is growing. Higher temperatures, more carbon dioxide and more rainfall is stimulating photosynthesis and creating a proliferation of plants – scientists call this process ‘CO2 fertilisation effect’. There is debate over the exact cause of this verdant spread and if it can counter consequences of global warming.
From a layman’s viewpoint this sounds great news – more plants – more beauty – more food – healthier air and so on – may be the planet warming isn’t so bad after all????
Photograph taken in Dujiangyan, China 2013