Big news from NASA: Earth is more greener today!
While on one hand India is going crazy over the Bollywood movie ‘Good news’, NASA really comes out with some good news. Wait! It’s not like NASA reproduced, of course not! The good news is that, the world is more greener today than it was 20 years ago. And would you like to know what prompted this change? Well, all the credits goes to China and India! The image published by the satellites reveals that the greener area on earth has majorly come from India and China. But isn’t earth more polluted today than before? Yes, it is but let’s say we are on our way towards refinement!
India and China on the win! ‘Earth is more greener’
Contrary to our expectation or mostly our presumption that India and china are over exploiting the resources and land by the overpopulation- the countries actually dashed out all. Because according to NASA, both the countries together are responsible for greening the planet on the largest since past 2 decades. It is majorly due to having policies of ambitious tree planting programs and acceleration in agriculture techniques. India continues to break world records in tree planting, with 800,000 citizens who had planted 50 million trees in just 24 hours.
The report by NASA was published in the journal of Nature Sustainability which compared the data from 1990’s to today by using high resolution imagery has revealed that the planet has comparatively grown more trees. Though at first, the scientists too were unsure about the statistics and what caused such a tremendous change in greenery around the world. The confusion lies in the increased carbon dioxide level, but later it was cleared that wetter climate is responsible for allowing more plants to grow. On digging deep, the researchers found out that the greening disproportionately located in China and India. But if this growing plantation is just a result of climate change and comparatively warm weather, this increased vegetation shouldn’t be limited to India and China’s border only. In fact, Russia could have become more habitable as the higher latitudes should become more green than lower latitudes. The data released by NASA states that now more than 2 million square long haul of extra green area per year, compared to the early 2000’s is a total of 5% increase! China has total of 42% share in increase of green areas with the help of programs to conserve environment, while India has a share of 82% in greening which is a result of its intensive crop cultivation.
“China and India account for one-third of the greening, but contain only 9% of the planet’s land area covered in vegetation – a surprising finding, considering the general notion of land degradation in populous countries from overexploitation,” said Chi Chen of the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University.
If we talk about the US, it stands at the 7th number in changing the planet. But isn’t US greener than India and China? So, the theory is that US forest and vegetation remained intact that is why there isn’t much change whereas the vegetation in India and China has comparatively grown than the last decade as compared to the heavy deforestation of the past, that is why we can see the change. Both the countries were heavily indulged into deforestation between the period of 1970’s to 80’s to speed up urbanization and development. As a result farming and agriculture compromised. Though India managed to maintain its share in Agriculture even after deforestation.
Growing urbanization and unjustified ill treatment of resources have brought our echo system to an edge of irreversible and disparity. The pollution and global warming itself is a human made disaster which speed up when we deforestation adds in the game. Deforestation leads to earth quake and land sliding. But the change both the countries come up with to reduce environmental hazard is actually appreciable. This tremendous change can only sum up as when humans are directed with issues that directly affect their livelihood, we possibly become more reliable towards finding solutions! Both India and China managed to turn the earth more green with their incredible land usage while the rest worked for combating air and water pollution. Now that’s what we call sustainable management! Isn’t it?