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Volume 19: August 2016
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The Interactive Effects of CO2 and Temperature on Wheat and Rice (25 August 2016)
A four-year FACE study reveals a stimulatory effect of atmospheric CO2 enrichment on these two crops under both ambient and elevated temperature conditions...

The Behavioral Plasticity of the American Pika (24 August 2016)
Behavioral adjustments are one important mechanism by which the American pika can persist outside of its previously appreciated dietary and thermal niches. And that is good news, for those who might be concerned about the potential impacts of global warming on this mammal species...

Response of Wheat to Elevated CO2, an Aphid Herbivore and the Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus (23 August 2016)
Aphid herbivore activity will likely remain at similar or reduced levels on wheat in a CO2-enriched world of the future...

Climate Change is a Relatively Insignificant Factor in Malaria Transmission and Outbreaks (22 August 2016)
Socio-economic and land use factors are more than capable of compensating for unfavorable changes in climate that can lead to malaria transmission and outbreaks. And as long as countries continue to focus on improving these more important elimination factors, malaria trends will continue to remain little influenced by future climate change, model projections notwithstanding...

Effects of Elevated CO2 and Salinity on Lithifying Microbial Mats (19 August 2016)
Some of the seas' tiniest bottom-dwelling organisms are not harmed by increasing atmospheric CO2 concentrations. Quite to the contrary, in fact, they are actually enriched by it...

Elevated CO2 Increases Soil Phosphorus Availability in a Phosphorus-Limited Australian Woodland (18 August 2016)
A new FACE study reveals another significant benefit of increasing atmospheric CO2 concentrations for plants growing in phosphorus-limiting soils...

The Global Effects of Global Warming on Human Mortality (17 August 2016)
Evidence from many locations around the world demonstrates that the type of warming humanity has experienced during the planet's recovery from the cold of the not-so-distant Little Ice Age has helped to significantly lengthen human life span...

Seismic Activity and Global Warming: How Might They be Related? (16 August 2016)
The question posed in this review's title may seem a little strange; but a recent study of the subject suggests that it goes to the very heart of the overriding climatic concern of our day...

Plant Growth Database (15 August 2016)
Our latest result of plant growth responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment obtained from experiments described in the peer-reviewed scientific literature is for Quinoa. To access the entire database, click here.

The Growth Response of Aspen Trees to Soil CO2 Enrichment (15 August 2016)
How does the latter phenomenon impact the former? Read on to find out...

How Not to Underestimate Mussel Heart Rate and Thermal Tolerance (10 August 2016)
A recently published study clearly demonstrates that real-world environments often have the capacity and complexity that can enable mussels (and likely many other species) to successfully cope with higher real-world temperatures than those employed in laboratory studies...

Plant Growth Database (9 August 2016)
Our latest result of plant growth responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment obtained from experiments described in the peer-reviewed scientific literature is for Rice (Zhu et al., 2015). To access the entire database, click here.

White Spruce Seedling Responses to CO2 Enrichment and Warming (8 August 2016)
It would appear that the more the trees are exposed to greater-than-current atmospheric CO2 concentrations and temperatures, the more they are able to make better use of limited water supplies...

Antarctic Sea Ice Increase A Thorn in the Side of Global Warmers (5 August 2016)
In a world of supposedly dramatic global warming, how is it that Antarctic Sea Ice continues to expand its coverage of the Southern Ocean?...

Six Decades of Temperature and Precipitation in Kentucky (4 August 2016)
How have these two climate variables been impacted by anthropogenic CO2 emissions over this time period? The answer might surprise you...

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