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Volume 19:  February 2016 Archive of CO2 Science Postings

Flatback Turtles Facing the Heat of Projected Climate Change (29 February 2016)
Specimens from "down under" in Australia appear to be able to tolerate significant increases in temperature, which in some cases can actually be beneficial for them...

A 2000-Year SST History of the Northeastern Arabian Sea (26 February 2016)
A new sea surface temperature record derived for this part of the world well depicts the prior Roman Warm Period, Dark Ages Cold Period, Medieval Warm Period, Little Ice Age and Current Warm Period, all of which help to put earth's current thermal state in proper perspective...

A Thousand-Year Drought History of China's Qilian Mountains (24 February 2016)
A recent study bears witness, along with several others which preceded it, that global warming need not lead to an increase in extreme drought conditions, because it did just the opposite throughout a large chunk of China over the past millennium...

The Impact of Global Warming on Ciguatera Illness in Florida (23 February 2016)
The two global environmental changes that are the result of the Industrial Revolution have been combining their individual influences to enhance the growth and development of the planet's plant life for quite some time now...

Climate Change and CO2 Effects on Future Soybean Yields in Serbia (22 February 2016)
The biological consequences of even the very worst of the negative temperature and precipitation impacts of what many climate models predict for the future can often be overcome by the concomitant biological benefits provided by the aerial fertilization effect of atmospheric CO2 enrichment...

The Mass Balance of Antarctica's Dronning Maud Land Ice Sheet (19 February 2016)
As the Earth supposedly warms at an alarming rate, according to climate alarmists, the mass of this Southern Hemispheric ice sheet somehow continues to grow ever larger and thereby somewhat mute the present-day rate of global sea level rise...

Enhancing the Nutritional Quality of Lettuce with Elevated CO2 and Salinity Stress (18 February 2016)
Elevated CO2, alone or in combination with short-term environmental salt stress, increases the nutritional quality of lettuce without yield losses or even increasing production...

Rice Production in India and Its Relationship to Drought Severity (17 February 2016)
Although drought can raise havoc with the growing of various agricultural crops, both planed and unanticipated consequences of mankind's activities can sometimes more than compensate for this deleterious whim of nature...

N Fixation and Growth of Cyanobacteria in CO2-Enriched Sea Water (16 February 2016)
An intriguing new study demonstrates that atmospheric CO2 enrichment can (1) greatly enhance both the nitrogen fixation and growth rates of important marine cyanobacteria and that (2) these evolved enhancement rates are not reduced by returning the cyanobacteria to the air's current CO2 concentration...

Climate Change in Northern Europe as per CMIP2, 3 and 5 Models (15 February 2016)
Try as they might, it is becoming ever more evident that the world's climate modelers seem to be unable to even hind-cast the recent past correctly...

Combined Ocean Acidification and Warming Effects on Sea Urchins (12 February 2016)
The results of a recent study suggest that even in spite of potentially concomitant ocean acidification and warming, some species of sea urchins may be able to successfully cope with this environmental double whammy...

A Two-Millennia Relationship Between Climate and Economic Data (12 February 2016)
Given that the data-derived relationship elicited in this study reveals a warmer climate would benefit the economy, why are so many world leaders so hell-bent on halting any future rise in global temperature?...

Microclimates Reduce Extinction Rates Driven by Climate Change (10 February 2016)
In the real world of nature -- where what is called global warming varies from place to place due to small-scale differences in the nature of the landscape -- various species of both plants and animals experience warming to both greater and lesser degrees than what is predicted for large regions of the earth. And in portions of the planet where the lesser degrees of warming predominate, the number of species experiencing extinctions can be far fewer than what would typically be expected for the mean degree of warming experienced over greater areas...

Dying from the Summer Heat Waves of 1996-2012 in Slovakia (9 February 2016)
Although death tolls were greater than what they would have been under normal summer temperatures, many of the recorded deaths were those of people suffering from various maladies who would have died anyway under non-heat-wave conditions...

The Ability of CMIP5 Models to Hindcast Basic Climate Features (8 February 2016)
Even reproducing accurate simulations of a number of past climate features is a difficult job for even the most advanced of today's climate models...

CO2 Enrichment of the Air Reduces Spring Dust Storms in China (5 February 2016)
The two global environmental changes that are the result of the Industrial Revolution have been combining their individual influences to enhance the growth and development of the planet's plant life for quite some time now...

Do Scientists Suppress Uncertainty in the Climate Change Debate? (4 February 2016)
They do, which finding is both saddening and shameful...

Problems of CMIP5 Models Representing African Easterly Waves (3 February 2016)
Is there no end to the problems encountered by today's most up-to-date state-of-the-art climate models? Another new study adds to the growing number of scientific papers that suggest that the answer to this question is (so far) apparently not!...

The Ability of Rare Eucalypt Species to Cope with Global Warming (2 February 2016)
The author of an intriguing new study of the subject describes an often overlooked way of assessing the survivability of various plant species in earth's oft-postulated warmer future that is predicted by numerous global climate models...

Four Centuries of Summer Temperatures in Coastal Northern Japan (1 February 2016)
Despite the incessant cry of climate alarmists that temperatures are rising to unprecedented levels due to increased concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere, temperatures in the northern coastal region of Japan have remained relatively stable over the past four centuries...