Amid all the bad news about our seemingly dying planet, NASA has weighed in with a pretty big glimmer of hope.
No matter how much certain people might try to argue that it isn't, climate change is happening. The good news is with each passing day, more people join the fight to reverse or at least slow down the damage we have been doing. Whether it be recycling, using sustainable forms of energy, or switching to a plant-based diet, there are many ways in which people can help.
On some level, it can often feel as if the damage has been done and there's no going back. The fires in the Amazon rainforest certainly made things feel that way. However, NASA recently weighed in with a little bit of good news, reports Ecobnb. Extensive research has revealed that the planet is greener in 2019 than it was 20 years ago.
When we say extensive, we mean it. NASA uses multiple satellites to take high-resolution shots of every place on Earth four times a day. When comparing how the planet looks today to how it looked during the 1990s, NASA established that Earth has indeed got a little greener. However, there was initially a risk that a warming planet/wetter climate caused that.
Upon further investigation, the good news got even better. Turns out the greener pastures aren't due to worsening climate change, but the collective efforts of much of the planet to reverse the effects of deforestation. Most notably, India and China. Together, the two countries are responsible for a third of the reforestation that has taken place since the 90s. Makes sense as the two nations are collectively home to almost a third of the world's population.
This good news should not be a reason to rest on our laurels and pat ourselves on the back. Climate change issues are still prevalent and while a greener planet is proof we are finally on the right path, our work is far from done. Plus, if the two most densely populated countries on the planet can contribute so much greenery, the rest of the world should definitely be able to follow suit.