“Towards the end of the 20th century around 50% of the CO2 emitted by humans each year was removed from the atmosphere this way. Now that number seems closer to 60%. Earth’s carbon sinks seem to have become more effective, but the precise details are still unclear.”
See Earth’s plants are countering some of the effects of climate changeLife is a lot of chemical reactions. One of the most important is photosynthesis which combines CO2 with air, water and sunshine to make sugars, energy food for plants. Increasing concentrations of CO2 does increase the rate of photosynthesis which is a good thing for farmers and vegetarians and creatures that like trees and grass etc. Scientists report that is happening, one of the few good things associated with global warming.
However, the bad things are coming: more extreme weather, droughts in the interior of continents, where I live, and floods elsewhere. The Arctic is already feeling the pain. The climate certainly is warmer where I live a few hundred miles south. When I was a kid, we had plenty of snow in winter to build subsurface cities, caverns in which to stay warm and snug. I remember walking on snow drifts many feet deep right in my yard. I think it’s been three years since there was any snowdrift in my yard. Last winter, I only cleared my driveway three times. I had young trees die from lack of snow-cover.
In the short term I am better off as the trees I’ve planted will grow more vigorously and the white tailed deer will be more fruitful and survive milder winters but I fear for the world my grandchildren will inherit. Will water become scarce for them? Will they have to move to the tropics for water? Will drought kill the trees here? Will global displacements of people make our times look like a picnic? I guess I will not know the answers as I am a short timer.