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Volume 19:  January 2016 Archive of CO2 Science Postings

Four Centuries of Spring Temperatures in Nepal (29 January 2016)
If rising concentrations of atmospheric CO2 are having any impact at all on Earth's climate, that impact it is certainly not manifest in this record...

Precipitation and Pacific Storm Track Problems in CMIP5 Models (29 January 2016)
As climate models continue to be refined in chronological groupings, analyses of their hoped-for improvements are likewise sought and described in the scientific literature, which in the case described here focuses on precipitation in CMIP5 models...

Seed Longevity of Alpine Snowbed Plants in a Warmer World (27 January 2016)
How might it be affected by a good dose of global warming? That is the question that Bernareggi et al. pose for themselves - and answer - in this intriguing study...

Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment Increases Fatty Acids in Larval Fish (26 January 2016)
Is that a good thing or is it a bad thing? Read on to find the answer...

Forty-five Years of Extremely Intense Worldwide Hurricane Data (25 January 2016)
What is the current status of category 4 and 5 hurricanes the world over? Is it increasing, decreasing or staying about the same?...

Local Biofuel Production for Rural Electrification (22 January 2016)
Is it a match made in Heaven? Or is there a dark side to the marriage? A new study of the subject analyzes both potentialities...

The Effects of Elevated CO2 on Two Coffee Cultivars (21 January 2016)
Compliments of rising atmospheric CO2, in the future you can have a larger cup of coffee and drink it too!...

Another 100 Year CMIP5 Hindcast of Temperature and Precipitation (20 January 2016)
In spite of all that has been accomplished over several decades of dedicated work, the climate models of today still fall short of accomplishing all that their developers had hoped they would someday be able to do...

Maize Yield vs Asian Corn Borer Activity in CO2 Enriched Air (19 January 2016)
With rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations enhancing maize productivity, while at the same time reducing Asian corn borer activity, things look good, indeed, for the future of this important global food and forage crop...

How Well Equipped to Tolerate Climate Change Are Octocoralss (18 January 2016)
In some of the planet's most thermally-challenging aquatic environments, earth's octocorals readily do what they need to do in order to survive and propagate their species...

The Outlook for Atlantic Cod in a CO2 Enriched and Warmer World (15 January 2016)
Once thought to be extremely bleak, a new study suggests that such changes in the cod's environment will have little - if any - negative impacts on them...

A Deceleration of Sea Level Rise Along the Indian Coastline (15 January 2016)
An eleven-station average reveals a relative rate of sea level rise in this region of 1.07 mm/year that has been decelerating since the mid-1950s...

Potential Effects of Ocean Acidification on Crustose Coralline Algae (15 January 2016)
The title of the paper reviewed (Ocean acidification does not affect magnesium composition or dolomite formation in living crustose coralline algae, Porolithon onkodes, in an experimental system) pretty much expresses its ultimate positive conclusion; but one might logically want to see how its' authors got there. Hence, we provide a brief description of the experimental trek and its welcome findings...

CO2 Science: The Most Prolific Think Tank of Climate Skepticism (12 January 2016)
A new study of climate skeptic organizations reveals that no other group is generating anywhere near as much science-based material to fight climate alarmism as is our Center. And the fact that our Center does so with a budget and personnel complement that are likely an order (or orders) of magnitude smaller than those of the eighteen other organizations examined is exceptionally gratifying! And if we can accomplish all this with remarkably limited resources, imagine what we could achieve with expanded resources. To that end, therefore, please consider donating to our Center. We need your support to continue the vital work we do...

Microhabitats Provide Refuge from Challenges of Climate Change (12 January 2016)
Soil, logs, epiphytes and tree holes can sometimes mean the difference between a species surviving an episode of global warming or becoming locally extinct...

Future South Asia Rainfall as Projected by CMIP5 Climate Models (11 January 2016)
A revelatory tale of model biases and uncertain projections. So what's new? Nothing, it would appear...

The Story of a Species of Wheat Adapting to a New Environment (8 January 2016)
Another experiment with another plant provides another set of data that reveals another means by which another plant species can adapt to another change in the physical environment...

The Interactive Effects of Elevated CO2 and Phosphorus Supply on Three Cereals (7 January 2016)
Elevated CO2 was able to completely compensate for a reduction in total plant dry weight induced by low phosphorus conditions...

Some Plants Are Just Too Stubborn to Respond to Local Warming (6 January 2016)
At least the coastal dune vegetation of Scotland acts that way...

Plant Engineering to Improve Thermotolerance in Rice and Tomatoes (5 January 2016)
Some plants, like mouse-ear cress, have already done most of the needed engineering for themselves; and what they accomplished is opening the door for mankind to apply what they learned -- and developed -- to some of our major food crops...

Elevated Atmospheric CO2 Interactions with Abiotic Plant Stresses (4 January 2016)
For resourceful plants -- as well as people -- when the going gets tough, the tough get going. And earth's plants get going with a little help from their friends (earth's people), who are continuously fertilizing the air with what is every plant's favorite delicacy: atmospheric CO2...