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Volume 20: January 2017
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The Behavioral Resilience of Juvenile European Sea Bass to Ocean Acidification (20 January 2017)
The results of this new study, in the words of its authors, indicate "behavioral resilience [of European sea bass] to OA." So why aren't all the climate and ocean acidification alarmists rushing to report this good news? Chances are, this is the first and only place you will learn about it. And that is a sad commentary on their intent to keep the public from hearing about news that conflicts with their narrative...

Effects of CO2 Enrichment on Drought-Stressed Cassava Plants (19 January 2017)
When faced with periods of less-than-normal precipitation, it is nice to know that the ongoing rise in the atmosphere's CO2 concentration is able to significantly compensate cassava plants for the environmental stress of water scarcity...

The Impact of Reduced CO2 Concentrations on Agriculture (18 January 2017)
How much harm to the agricultural enterprise would result from policies designed to reduce the CO2 concentration of the atmosphere? A new study sheds some light on this important topic...

Elevated CO2 Ameliorates the Negative Impacts of Ozone Stress in Chinese Pine (17 January 2017)
A new short-term study by five Chinese scientists reveals this dominant coniferous forest species will benefit from future increases in atmospheric CO2 concentrations, even if facing a competing (and debilitating) growth environment from elevated concentrations of ozone...

Echinometra Sea Urchins Thriving on CO2 from Volcanic Vents (17 January 2017)
It may sound like a strange place to acquire the type of data the researchers desired to obtain; but considering the objective of their research (determining the future well-being of sea urchins), volcanic vents tend to best represent the pH values of future oceans and, consequently, the nature of future food-producing ecosystems that are also impacted by oceanic pH values...

Elevated CO2 Reduces Monoterpene Emissions of Hybrid Larch (13 January 2017)
The negative effect of elevated CO2 on total monoterpene emissions observed in this study should be welcomed by those concerned about future global warming for its potential to mitigate some of that warming...

Elevated Carbon Dioxide Improves the Growth of Three Woody Cerrado Species (12 January 2017)
Whether under well-watered or water-limiting conditions, higher CO2 concentrations improve the growth response of these native savanna species...

Adapting to Warming in Japan: What Has Been Discovered to Date (11 January 2017)
Based on what they learned in their recent analysis of the subject, a team of 4 German and 5 Japanese researchers report that warming is its own worst enemy, in that it invokes human responses that tend to counter its negative health effects on people...

Risk of Death Due to Cold Weather is Ten Times Larger than Due to Hot Weather (10 January 2017)
It is time governments recognize the indirect health benefits of CO2 and properly include such benefits of saving lives in their social cost of carbon estimates...

Modelling Carbon Dynamics of Permafrost: How Goes the Quest? (10 January 2017)
Thirty-nine scientists from eight different countries describe what they have collectively learned about the subject...

Acropora Coral Fossils Show Evidence of Immunity to Predicted Future Levels of Ocean Acidification and Warming (6 January 2017)
Results from a new study reveal that the skeletal formation process of Acropora is strongly biologically controlled, uninhibited by changes in temperature or seawater chemistry, including seawater pH/ocean acidification conditions that are predicted to occur over the course of the next century and beyond...

How Tropical Rainforest Lizards May Cope with Climate Change (5 January 2017)
A new observational study conducted in an Australian rainforest provides evidence suggesting that rainforest lizard species may be able to successfully cope with potential global warming...

The Curses of Heat Strokes and How They Might Best Be Avoided (4 January 2017)
The feared malady can be significantly reduced in various parts of the world that are in the early stages of developing means of providing cooling for their citizens' homes in the heat of summer...

Parts of Asia Were Warmer During the Holocene Than They Are Now (30 December 2016)
Once again, real-world evidence demonstrates that the historical increase in the air's CO2 concentration has had nothing to do with the concomitant increase in the air's temperature...

Unintended Consequences of U.S. Biofuel Subsides (29 December 2016)
Biofuel subsidies are supposed to increase production of so-called "cleaner" fuels and displace the use of higher-carbon-content fossil fuels. But the unintended consequence appears to be an increase in overall fuel consumption and consequent greenhouse gas emissions...

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