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Volume 19:  March 2016 Archive of CO2 Science Postings

A Plant Pathogen that Can't Take the Heat (31 March 2016)
Rising temperatures appear to spell doom for a dominant plant pathogen that causes tens of millions of dollars in damage to wheat crops in Australia alone...

Effects of CO2-Induced Ocean Acidification on a Common Copepod (31 March 2016)
The tiny sea creatures appear to be able to successfully cope with seawater in contact with some incredibly high atmospheric CO2 concentrations...

Effects of 12 Years of Water Deficit on Tropical Rainforest Trees (30 March 2016)
One would think that in the case of such a long-term environmental stress, the trees in question would be facing inevitable death, if they were not already dead. However, a new study suggests that such thinking could well be wrong...

Plant Growth Database (30 March 2016)
Our latest result of plant growth responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment obtained from experiments described in the peer-reviewed scientific literature is for Garden Pea (Butterly et al., 2015). To access the entire database, click here.

Five Decades of Floods and Flood Risk in the Po River Basin of Italy (28 March 2016)
Although the risk of flooding has increased over the past half-century due to various anthropogenic pressures (e.g. the expansion of urban and industrial areas into dyke-protected floodplains), actual flood events from a climatological or meteorological perspective have not...

How Unusual was the California Nevada Drought of 2012-2015? (28 March 2016)
Four U.S. researchers take on the task of determining the uniqueness (or not) of the great California-Nevada drought that many people are attempting to blame on CO2-induced climate change (i.e. global warming)...

Seemingly Unresolvable Biases of CMIP3 and 5 Climate Models (25 March 2016)
Little to no progress been made in resolving the host of biases the models contain. In some cases, in fact, things have even gotten worse!...

Ocean Acidification Database (25 March 2016)
The latest addition of peer-reviewed data archived to our database of marine organism responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment is Red Rock Shrimp [Lysmata californica] (Taylor et al., 2015; weight percent calcium ). To access the entire database, click here.

Elevated CO2 to the Salt Marsh Rescue! (24 March 2016)
With the aid of elevated atmospheric CO2, coastal marsh vegetation will be more than able to withstand the challenges of future sea level rise, even under the worse-case scenarios predicted by climate models...

Winter Frontal Precipitation Problems of CMIP5 Climate Models (24 March 2016)
As with almost every other set of earlier climate models, and even when it comes to hindcasting the past, most of the CMIP5 models fail to adequately replicate the phenomenon described in this recently published paper...

The Velocities of Tributary Glaciers to Antarctica's Amery Ice Shelf (23 March 2016)
How rapidly, and in what ways, have they changed in response to climate-alarmist claims of recent -- and still-ongoing -- unprecedented global warming?...

Plant Growth Database (23 March 2016)
Our latest result of plant growth responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment obtained from experiments described in the peer-reviewed scientific literature is for Wollemi Pine (Lewis et al., 2015). To access the entire database, click here.

Effects of Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment on a Symbiotic Anemone (22 March 2016)
Would you believe they are such as to actually enable the sea creatures to gain a greater ecological presence under future ocean acidification conditions? Read on to discover the answer...

Elevated CO2 Overpowers the Growth-Retarding Impacts of Ozone on Chinese Pine Growth (21 March 2016)
In the future, the destiny of Chinese pine trees will be far more influenced by the positive impacts of elevated carbon dioxide than by the negative impacts of ozone. And that being the case, why aren't more scientific organizations and media outlets telling this story?...

CMIP5 Problems Modelling Extreme Precipitation Indices in China (18 March 2016)
Is there no end to the list of failures of climate researchers to accurately model the many climatic phenomena that are of great significance to the welfare of mankind?...

Ocean Acidification Database (18 March 2016)
The latest addition of peer-reviewed data archived to our database of marine organism responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment is Foraminifera [Ammonia aomoriensis] (Haynert and Schonfeld, 2014; temperature = 18°C, salinity = 25 ppt). To access the entire database, click here.

A Sixteen-Decade-Long Seawater pH Record from the South China Sea (17 March 2016)
This new annually-resolved pH record reveals some significant findings pertinent to the ocean acidification debate...

Problems with CMIP5 Models Predicting South African Rainfall (17 March 2016)
Try as they might, the developers of the CMIP5 set of climate models still have much that eludes them, even when it comes to hindcasting the precipitation history of South Africa...

Dying From Extremes of Heat and Cold in 66 Chinese Communities (16 March 2016)
Too much heat or too much cold can be deadly for man and beast alike. But which is worse? Thirteen Chinese researchers address this question as it pertains to the human inhabitants of 66 different communities spread across their homeland...

Plant Growth Database (16 March 2016)
Our latest result of plant growth responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment obtained from experiments described in the peer-reviewed scientific literature is for Wheat (Butterly et al., 2015). To access the entire database, click here.

Two Decades of Orchid Range Dynamics in Western Europe (15 March 2016)
How are they responding to the supposedly unprecedented warm temperatures of the past two decades?...

Three Decades of Drought on the Huang Huai Hai Plain of China (14 March 2016)
Have they decimated the region? Or has some largely neglected phenomenon tempered the negative effects that are often associated with this climatic condition?...

CMIP5 Models Attempting to Replicate Antarctic Sea Ice Trends (11 March 2016)
Virtually all CMIP5 models have historically disregarded ocean temperature and ice-sheet interactions, which to their creators' dismay results in changes in sea ice trends that are just the opposite of what is observed in nature. But when this unfortunate approach is set aside and real-world changes in sea surface temperatures are fed into the models, they do a much better job of replicating what is actually occurring to the ice sheets surrounding Antarctica...

Ocean Acidification Database (11 March 2016)
The latest addition of peer-reviewed data archived to our database of marine organism responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment is Chilean Mussel [Mytilus chilensis] (Duarte et al., 2015). To access the entire database, click here.

A Century of Forest Coverage Change on South Africa's Cape Peninsula (10 March 2016)
We find yet again -- in another corner of the world -- that Earth's forests are defying climate-alarmist projections of their imminent demise, as they successfully cope with and adapt to the many challenges humanity and nature force upon them...

Antarctic Sea Ice Trends in a Supposedly Global Warming World (10 March 2016)
Would you believe that the sea ice surrounding Antarctica has been increasing in area? And at a rather respectable rate? And that all of the CMIP5 models fail to depict this real-world phenomenon? Well, you better believe it, cuz it's the truth...

A Review of the Record 2013 Southern Hemispheric Sea-Ice Extent (9 March 2016)
If the modern world has really been warming as climate alarmists claim it has, why has the sea-ice content of the Southern Ocean actually been increasing over the last few decades?...

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

The Future of Coastal Productivity (8 March 2016)
A new study examines the impacts of future changes in solar radiation, nutrients and pH on primary productivity and the result is quite encouraging...

Higher-Than-Present Relict Treelines in the Western United States (7 March 2016)
Guess what they imply about the region's temperature at the times they were produced...

Great Barrier Reef Corals Creating Their Own Calcifying Fluid pH (4 March 2016)
Applying the land-based free-air CO2 enrichment or FACE concept of experimentation on terrestrial plants to aquatic life forms -- which they christened free-ocean carbon enrichment or FOCE - the authors of this intriguing study discovered that corals may "have a high degree of tolerance to ocean acidification"...

Ocean Acidification Database (4 March 2016)
The latest addition of peer-reviewed data archived to our database of marine organism responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment is Foraminifera [Ammonia aomoriensis] (Haynert and Schonfeld, 2014; temperature = 18°C, salinity = 20 ppt). To access the entire database, click here.

No Temporal Decline in the Foxe Basin Polar Bear Population of Canada (3 March 2016)
This canary of the north appears to be oblivious to alarmist predictions of its demise...

British Bird Responses to Fifteen Years of Warming (3 March 2016)
When it comes to where they live, the birds of Britain appear to be not at all perturbed by the climate-alarmist claim that all creatures, great and small, will have ever less space to occupy on Earth's terrestrial surface that is suitable for their sustenance as the air's CO2 content continues to rise. Read on to find out why...

More Evidence that FACE Studies Underestimate the Positive Impacts of CO2 Enrichment on Plant Growth (2 March 2016)
Open top chamber studies are much more likely than FACE studies to approximate reality when it comes to estimating the future impact of atmospheric CO2 enrichment on plant growth and yield...

Plant Growth Database (2 March 2016)
Our latest result of plant growth responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment obtained from experiments described in the peer-reviewed scientific literature is for Wheat (Bunce, 2016). To access the entire database, click here.

The Politics of Climate Change Legislation (1 March 2016)
Which governments, left-wing or right-wing, pass more climate change legislation? The answer may surprise you...

Elevated CO2 and Warming Impacts on Australian Jumping Snail (1 March 2016)
In another intriguing study from "down under," it is found that certain snails have an aerobic capacity that is actually in excess of what might possibly be required to meet both current and future needs...