• Chart: Earth Is a Lot Greener Than It Was 20 Years Ago | Statista
Earth is a lot greener than it was 20 years ago. What sounds like a reason to celebrate should be taken with a grain of salt. Leafy green areas that have been added to the Earth’s surface since 2000 and were catalogued by NASA satellite MODIS appeared because of reforestation as well as agricultural activity.
Especially in China and India increased human activity has caused more areas to be covered with plants. China increased its green area by 17.8 percent between 2000 and 2017, while India added 11.1 percent. The EU, which the study counts among the eleven “countries” with the largest overall leaf-covered area, came in third.