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Volume 18: October 2015
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Deserts (Expanding or Shrinking?) -- Summary (7 October 2015)
Back when the atmosphere's CO2 concentration was approximately 340 ppm (up from a pre-industrial value on the order of 280 ppm), Idso (1982) stated in a small self-published book (Carbon Dioxide: Friend or Foe?) that if the air's CO2 content continued to climb, it would ultimately enhance plant growth and water use efficiency to the point that semi-arid lands not then suitable for cultivation "could be brought into profitable production," further stating that "the deserts themselves could 'blossom as the rose'." A few years later he advanced essentially the same thesis, but this time in the pages of Nature (Idso, 1986) in a brief paper entitled "Industrial Age Leading to the Greening of the Earth." So how has this thesis progressed in the years and decades since as the air's CO2 content has risen to over 400 ppm today?...

Past and Projected Climate Change Effects on China's Major Crops (7 October 2015)
Analyses of both past and (potential) future impacts of warming on the food security of China suggest that the country should be able to adequately feed both its current population and the much larger projected population of the future...

A New Type of Drought: Lack of Major Land-falling US Hurricanes (6 October 2015)
Amidst all the doom and gloom of climate-alarmist prognostications, real-world data reveal a welcome hiatus in extremely strong land-falling U.S. hurricanes...

Ocean Acidification Database (6 October 2015)
The latest addition of peer-reviewed data archived to our database of marine organism responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment is Foraminifera [Ammonia aomoriensis] (Haynert and Schonfeld, 2014; temperature = 13°C, salinity = 15 ppt). To access the entire database, click here.

A New Challenge in Modelling Indian Summer Monsoon Rainfall (5 October 2015)
A new study provides a good example of how unanticipated climate changes can lead to even more such changes...

A 2,000-Year History of Temperature and Precipitation on the Central Tibetan Plateau (2 October 2015)
Neither climate variable appears to respond to the modern increase in atmospheric CO2. Spectral analysis of historic temperature, on the other hand, strongly implicates the Sun as the principal climate driver...

Tropical Cyclones in the Bay of Bengal During Warmer and Colder Phases of ENSO and the PDO (1 October 2015)
Climate alarmists contend warmer temperatures should be increasing the frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events such as tropical cyclones. However, real world data reveal just the opposite is occurring in nature...

Plant Growth Database (1 October 2015)
Our latest result of plant growth responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment obtained from experiments described in the peer-reviewed scientific literature is for Purple Pigeon Grass (Khan et al., 2015). To access the entire database, click here.

Beijing Climate Center's Climate System Model BCC_CSM1.1(m) (30 September 2015)
How well does it perform in terms of its ability to forecast numerous important features of the Asian Summer Monsoon? Would you believe more than the combined numbers of your fingers and toes?...

Ocean Acidification Database (29 September 2015)
The latest addition of peer-reviewed data archived to our database of marine organism responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment is Giant Kelp [Macrocystis pyrifera] (Fernández et al., 2014). To access the entire database, click here.

The Current Status of Modelling Arctic Summer Storm Tracks (28 September 2015)
In the words of the authors of the paper reviewed, they state that their analysis suggests that "further clarification of those processes that influence storm-track activity over the Arctic is necessary for more reliable future projections of the Arctic climate"...

Pope Francis: Making a Wrong Turn on the Subject of the Environment By Supporting Climate Change Legislation (25 September 2015)
Given statements made by Pope Francis today about climate change during his speech to the United Nations, we present the following links to material we have posted previously. These four documents present a reference-backed case that Pope Francis is making an unfortunate wrong turn on the subject of climate change by listening to people who have ulterior motives for wanting to eliminate the global usage of fossil fuels.
Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment: Boon or Bane of the Biosphere?
Stewardship and Sustainable Development in a World of Rising Atmospheric CO2 Concentration
Pope Francis, Fossil Fuels Won’t Cause Armageddon
Pope Francis: Before one can know what is moral, he must know what is true

Giant Kelp Unaffected by Ocean Acidification (25 September 2015)
Another species of marine life shows indifference to changing oceanic pH values projected for the end of the 22nd century...

The Stability of Glaciers in the Astore Basin of Northwestern Himalaya (25 September 2015)
Four decades of data reveal they are not doing what typical global warming theory would suggest...

The Climate Change that May Suppress Tropical Cyclone Strength (24 September 2015)
Some scientists are actually predicting a reduction in the destructive potential of a major weather phenomenon that has its origin over Earth's oceans...


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