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Volume 18: June 2015
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ENSO-Induced Rainfall Changes Derived from CMIP5 AOGCMs (29 June 2015)
How well do they compare with observations made throughout Central America and northwest South America from the late 1800s to the early 2000s?...

Plant Growth Database (29 June 2015)
Our latest result of plant growth responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment obtained from experiments described in the peer-reviewed scientific literature is for Potato (Aien et al., 2014)...

Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment: Boon or Bane of the Biosphere? (26 June 2015)
We present a brief assessment of where Pope Francis recently made an unfortunate wrong turn on the subject by listening to people who have ulterior motives for wanting to eliminate the global usage of fossil fuels...

Are Sea Anemones Helped or Hindered by Ocean Acidification? (26 June 2015)
A pair of real-world in situ observational studies provide compelling evidence for the former of the two alternatives...

Climate Change vs. Urbanization: Which is the Greater Threat to the Longleaf Pine Ecosystems of the Southeastern USA? (26 June 2015)
The works of man can be both good and evil at one and the same time, especially when it comes to something as complex as impacting the planet's climate and its many diverse and unique ecosystems...

Plant Growth Database (26 June 2015)
Our latest result of plant growth responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment obtained from experiments described in the peer-reviewed scientific literature is for Purging Nut (Kumar et al., 2014)...

Effects of Elevated CO2 on Medicinal Properties of Guava Plants (24 June 2015)
While the ongoing rise in the air's CO2 concentration enhances the health-promoting properties of Brazil's guava plants, it would also appear to enhance the well-being of the plants themselves ... by providing them with enhanced protection from herbivores and pathogens...

Warming Prompts Range Expansion of West Australian Reef Fish (23 June 2015)
Periodic warming of seawater in different parts of the world can enable the poleward expansion of the ranges of many fish species, such as the endemic reef fish Choerodon rubescens that is found along the western coast of Australia...

Assessing the Global Extent of Drought-Induced Forest Dieback (23 June 2015)
In light of the global warming that ceased nearly two decades ago, droughts have been predicted -- and are still periodically projected -- to become more severe and widespread in future decades, leading to the dieback of many of the world's forests. A new study, however, suggests these projections have little solid support in terms of real-world data...

Dying from Heat and Cold in 66 Different Chinese Communities (23 June 2015)
Another study of the subject adds to the growing realization that extreme cold is a much more deadly phenomenon than is extreme heat...

The Non-Stationary Precipitation Biases of Current Climate Models (19 June 2015)
A team of three Canadian researchers assesses the significance of the commonly-used bias correction technique for tweaking the precipitation projections of state-of-the-art climate models -- which projections, if left "un-tweaked," might otherwise significantly misrepresent reality...

Climate Model Inadequacies (Sea Ice) -- Summary (19 June 2015)
How many ways can a climate model fail to accurately predict the past behavior of Arctic and Antarctic sea ice? A review of the scientific literature suggests that the number is (unfortunately) somewhat akin to a baker's dozen...

Impact of Warming on Photosynthesis of Temperate and Boreal Trees (19 June 2015)
The results of a recently concluded two-year, two-site, two-temperature study of two boreal and four temperate deciduous tree species grown in the field reveal their ability to successfully acclimate to significant environmental warming...

Plant Growth Database (19 June 2015)
Our latest result of plant growth responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment obtained from experiments described in the peer-reviewed scientific literature is for Potato (Aien et al., 2014)...

A Submerged Aquatic Plant in a CO2-Enriched and Warmer World (17 June 2015)
The "twin evils" of the climate alarmist crowd (global warming and water acidification) do no harm to a perennial macrophyte that is widely distributed throughout the waters of China's middle and lower Yangtze River basin. In fact, they help the important plant to grow even better than it does currently...

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