One third of the world’s new vegetation is in India and China, data shows

Vegetables with dried-up leaves grow on a field near Ingolstadt, Germany, August 9, 2018. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert - RC1955712400

China and India are “leading the world” Image: REUTERS/Andreas Gebert

Daisy Dunne
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The global distribution of “greening” (light to dark green) and “browning” (yellow to purple) from 2000-16, as observed by “Modis”. On the map, white areas depict barren land, permafrost, ice, wetlands and built-up areas. The inset shows the frequency distribution of statistically significant trends.
Image: Source: Chen et al. (2019)
The 11 largest countries by leaf-covered area in 2000 (left), net change in leaf-covered area from 2000-16 (middle) and this net change as a percentage of the total leaf-covered area (right).
Image: Source: Chen et al. (2019)
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Net gain (green) and loss (yellow to purple) in leaf area from forests in China from 2000-16. Grey shows changes to other types of vegetation. White shows land with no vegetation.
Image: Source: Chen et al. (2019)
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