A “widespread greening trend” has been “significantly cooling the land surface” since the 1980s.
Another new study documents a clearly-defined land surface greening trend over the last 40 years. The greening is linked to CO2 fertilization and climate change (warming).
Greening, in turn, leads to land surface cooling, partially offsetting recent warming.
Image Source: Li et al., 2023
A year ago another study also suggested the “continuous increasing vegetation growth during the past four decades” can be attributed to “the physiological impact of rising CO2,” and this greening ultimately leads to “evaporative cooling” (Wu et al., 2022).
The greening is expected to continue throughout the 21st century.