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There are more leaves covering parts of Earth due to carbon dioxide

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Substantial portions of Earth are increasingly covered in vegetation in response to increases in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and changes in land use, a new study finds. But the increases have significantly different impacts on the planet's climate depending on whether it's happening in boreal forests in places like Canada and the Arctic or arid regions like the sub-tropics in and around the Horn of Africa.

What it means: Climate models are constantly being refined to reflect advances in science and improvements in data sets. This new study on leaf abundance will help predict impacts more accurately at the regional level.