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Vulnerability and Adaptation to River Floods Throughout the World (28 August 2015)
A new study suggests that mankind's increasing ability to successfully respond to river floods is likely significant enough to enable us to successfully cope with what many people believe humanity will experience in this regard in a warmer world of the future...

Tree-ring Temperature Reconstructions May have Masked Prior Warmth (27 August 2015)
A new method of calculating proxy temperatures from tree rings reveals old methods may be underestimating the degree of warmth prior to the instrumental period...

Six Centuries of Summer Temperatures in the Bhutanese Himalaya (27 August 2015)
What do they reveal about the strengths of the individual impacts of solar radiation reception and atmospheric CO2 enrichment on the region's summer climate?...

Plant Growth Database (27 August 2015)
Our latest result of plant growth responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment obtained from experiments described in the peer-reviewed scientific literature is for Wheat (Thilakarathne et al., 2015). To access the entire database, click here.

Ocean Acidification (Effects on Marine Plants: Phytoplankton -- Coccolithophores) -- Summary (26 August 2015)
How do the microscopic algae that are the most prolific shell producers of the world's oceans respond to increases in the air's CO2 concentration that are claimed by climate alarmists to lead to dramatic decreases in their ability to conduct calcification? As revealed in the results of several studies highlighted in this Summary, Earth's coccolithophores are well equipped to deal with whatever degree of ocean acidification may yet be experienced by the world's oceans...

California's Most Recent Drought: Due to Recent Climate Change? (26 August 2015)
A new study of the phenomenon suggests it most likely is not...

Rock Outcrops Provide Biodiversity Refugia in Northern Patagonia (25 August 2015)
The authors document one of nature's many ways of providing for species survival in the face of significant regional temperature change...

Cold-Water Corals in an Acidifying Ocean: How Might They Fare? (24 August 2015)
Both laboratory and field studies come to the same conclusion: cold-water corals are about as tough as they come, as they can apparently hold their own, so to speak, in seawater containing many times more CO2 than what is characteristic of our day and age...

Ocean Acidification Database (24 August 2015)
The latest addition of peer-reviewed data archived to our database of marine organism responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment is Red Rock Shrimp [Lysmata californica] (Taylor et al., 2015). To access the entire database, click here.

Warming-Assisted Rapid Evolution of a Parasitic Host (21 August 2015)
Rising temperatures spurn rapid evolutionary change in European perch, dramatically reducing their rates of parasitic infection in just three short decades...

OA Thwarts Negative Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation on a Diatom (21 August 2015)
A new study reveals that atmospheric CO2 enrichment leading to ocean acidification (OA) not only does not harm an important diatom species, it actually helps it, especially in overcoming the normally negative effects of solar ultraviolet radiation...

CO2 Enrichment of Air Enhances Growth of Tissue-Cultured Plants (21 August 2015)
Most everything a plant must do to survive somewhere on the Earth -- and especially to begin this feat -- it seems to do much better with more than the current amount of CO2 in the air...

Plant Growth Database (21 August 2015)
Our latest result of plant growth responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment obtained from experiments described in the peer-reviewed scientific literature is for Tape Grass (Cao and Ruan, 2014). To access the entire database, click here.

Alpine Ecosystems -- Summary (19 August 2015)
In response to whatever environmental changes may be occurring in alpine ecosystems around the world, there appear to be few, if any, negative biological consequences. In fact, alpine species in many locations are responding in a positive manner to increasing temperature and atmospheric CO2 concentrations. Such observations, therefore, reveal they are less likely, not more likely, to suffer warming-induced extinctions...

Likely Responses of Gorgonian Octocorals to Ocean Acidification (19 August 2015)
Contrary to the thoughts of many people, earth's octocorals appear to be well equipped to deal with atmospheric CO2 concentrations that are a full order of magnitude greater than current values...


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