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Volume 17 Number 37: 10 September 2014
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New Major Report!
Extreme Weather Events: Are they Influenced by Rising Atmospheric CO2?: Multiple climate models project that rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations will increase the frequency and/or severity of a number of extreme weather events. This projection has been accepted as fact by numerous scientific organizations and government agencies, including the U.S. EPA. Such claims, however, often fail to stand up against appropriate scientific scrutiny. When key principles of scientific inquiry are adequately addressed and followed, the model projections are consistently seen to conflict with real-world observations, indicating it is highly unlikely that increasing temperatures-whether or not they are driven by rising atmospheric CO2-will increase the frequency and/or magnitude of severe weather events. In fact, most evidence to date suggests an opposite effect, where rising temperatures would produce less frequent and less severe extreme weather.

Editorial
Back from the Dead: The Porites Corals of French Polynesia: How far back have they come? ... and how did they do it?

Subject Index Summary
Tropical Trees: How might earth's tropical trees likely respond to continued increases in the air's CO2 content? And what if global or local air temperatures were to rise simultaneously? Or if precipitation were to increase or decrease? These are questions that are of great significance and which therefore require much more than mere speculation. They require real-world data.

Journal Reviews
A New Analysis of ENSO Stability in Coupled Climate Models: What does it reveal?

CMIP5 Model Simulations of Ecosystem Carbon Storage Capacity: How well do the most up-to-date models do in meeting the ultimate goal of their creators?

Shrinking Salamanders! ... A Rapid Response to Global Warming: Just how rapid - and significant - is it?

Recovering from Drought and Nitrogen Stress in CO2-Enriched Air: Maize plants do it amazingly well.

As the Land Greens, More Blue Carbon May be Sequestered at Sea: Both land and sea mitigate the rate at which the atmosphere's CO2 concentration is rising.

Truly Plastic Plants Are Neither Made of Plastic Nor Sold in Stores: But the real McCoy can be found almost everywhere in nature.

Plant Growth Database
Our latest result of plant growth responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment obtained from experiments described in the peer-reviewed scientific literature is for Devil's Apron (Longphuirt et al., 2013).

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.


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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