• Released Tuesday, April 26, 2016
  • Updated Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 6:35AM
  • ID: 12226

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Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are giving plants a boost.

Explore how increasing carbon dioxide concentrations are spurring plant growth in different regions of the world in this video.

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About 85 percent of Earth’s ice-free lands is covered by vegetation.

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This map shows the change in the amount of leaf cover over the planet’s vegetated regions from 1982 to 2015.

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Scientists used data collected by NASA and NOAA satellites to help determine how Earth's vegetation has changed over time.


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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Map courtesy of Boston University/R. Myneni

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