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Volume 17 Number 17: 23 April 2014
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New Report from the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change
Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts: On March 31, 2014 the fifth in a series of scholarly reports produced by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) was released to the public. This new publication represents an independent, comprehensive, and authoritative report on the current state of climate science. We encourage all to read it.


Editorial
Evolution to the Rescue!: But can it get there fast enough? A new group of studies says Yes!

Subject Index Summary
Ocean Acidification of Corals (Laboratory Studies): More and more scientific studies are pointing toward a much more optimistic view of the future for the planet's corals. This summary examines what researchers have learned about the topic from several laboratory-based studies.

Journal Reviews
Three Centuries of New Climate Change Data for West Antarctica: Do they support or challenge the contentions of the world's climate alarmists?

The Little Ice Age in Central Mexico: What was recently learned about it? ... and how was it learned?

Long-Term Responses of Emiliania huxleyi to Ocean Acidification: Can they enable the ubiquitous coccolithophore to survive projected environmental changes?

The European-Wide and Holocene-Long Growth Rates of Fir Trees: How did they vary as the continental environment experienced various twists and turns?

Responses of Sea-Ice Algae to Projected Ocean Acidification Levels: In an environment comprised primarily of ice, can any algae respond positively to anything?

The Response Potential of Silver Fir Trees to Global Warming: The species may well be a whole lot more resilient than we ever expected.

Plant Growth Database
Our latest results of plant growth responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment obtained from experiments described in the peer-reviewed scientific literature are: Barley (Perez-Lopez et al., 2013b) and Corn (Manderscheid et al., 2014).

Major Report
The Positive Externalities of Carbon Dioxide: Estimating the Monetary Benefits of Rising Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations on Global Food Production: Several analyses have been conducted to estimate potential monetary damages of the rising atmospheric CO2 concentration. Few, however, have attempted to investigate its monetary benefits. This study addresses this discrepancy by providing a quantitative estimate of the direct monetary benefits of atmospheric CO2 enrichment on both historic and future global crop production. Results indicate that the annual total monetary value of the increase in the air's CO2 content (since the inception of the Industrial Revolution) for world crop production grew from about $18.5 billion in 1961 to over $140 billion by 2011, reaching the staggering sum of $3.2 trillion over the 50-year time period from 1961-2011. And projecting the monetary value of this positive externality forward in time reveals that it will bestow an additional $9.8 trillion on crop production between now and 2050.

World Temperatures Database
Back by popular demand and upgraded to allow patrons more choices to plot and view the data, we reintroduce the World Temperatures section of our website. Here, users may plot temperatures for the entire globe or regions of the globe. A newly added feature allows patrons the ability to plot up to six independent datasets on the same graph. Try it today. World Temperatures Database.

Climate Change Reconsidered
The 2011 Interim Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change: We provide a link to this report as a courtesy and encourage all to download and read it. The 2011 Interim Report presents an overview of the research on climate change that has appeared since publication of Climate Change Reconsidered: The 2009 Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change. Research published before 2009 was included if it did not appear in the 2009 report or provides context for the new research. Nearly all of the research summarized here appeared in peer-reviewed science journals.

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Seeing is Believing
Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Interglacial Warmth

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