Sadly it’s true, CO2 levels today are higher today than at any point in the last 800 years. And with such increasing levels of CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) in the Earth’s atmosphere, it’s making the planet greener – but don’t get out the bunting and pour that Champagne just yet, for this is not the good news you might think it is.
Plants and trees actually soak in the extra carbon that is in the air, with the rising temperatures of the earth, the end result is a plant or tree sometimes a whole lot larger with many extra leaves and branches too.
So as the world’s temperature rises and plants and trees take on board more carbon, they bear more leaves and this equates to more green. It all happens as part of the photosynthesis cycle in the life of plants. The amount of vegetation on the planet has increased dramatically over the past three decades.
Imagine a continent the size of the U.S. and Canada and fill it with green trees, bushes, and plants, that’s the level of increase we have, compared to 40 years ago. Many of the ice continents and arctic shelves seem to only have snow and ice during six months of the year, allowing for thousands of square miles to start seeing some form of vegetation and greenery.
Carbon in the atmosphere is absorbed by all this greenery and on the face of it everything sounds pretty rosy in the garden, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, all this extra greenery will only be a temporary offshoot of the extra carbon being taken in by plant and tree life.
The other devastating side effects of a warmer planet include severe weather systems including flooding, drought, stronger hurricanes, more powerful typhoons, stronger winds, and powerful storms. But it doesn’t stop there. The rising world temperature is melting many of the ice shelves, especially those in the Arctic and sea levels are rising as a result of it. As the sea levels rise, small Pacific Island chains will actually start to disappear completely.
CO2 levels today are higher today than in at least the past 800,000 years
Many of the low lying islands are just one or two feet above sea level and a small rise could actually make them uninhabitable. The extra levels of Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere is down to countries burning fossil fuels and burning down rainforests. Plants will change or adapt to the rising levels of carbon in the air, but the fertilisation effect will steadily disappear.