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Volume 19:  May 2016 Archive of CO2 Science Postings

Plants Surviving Warming at the Trailing Edge of Their Range (31 May 2016)
When the going gets tough, the tough get going; and the scarlet monkeyflower -- a flowering perennial that is native to the Southwestern United States and Baja California -- is no exception to the rule...

Evidence for the Medieval Warm Period on the SE Greenland Shelf (30 May 2016)
New data clearly reveal the warmer-than-present temperatures that prevailed there when the air's CO2 concentration was much less than it is today...

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

Dying from Heat and Cold Which Extreme is the More Deadly (27 May 2016)
Real-world data reveal that cold temperatures result in the deaths of many more people throughout the world each year than do hot temperatures, which suggests that a bit of global warming may well be a positive thing for humanity...

Ocean Acidification Database (27 May 2016)
The latest addition of peer-reviewed data archived to our database of marine organism responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment is Bristly Stonewort [Chara horrida]. To access the entire database, click here.

Do Negative Climate Impacts on Food Production Lead to Violence? (26 May 2016)
Another study broaches this important question via its analysis of the subject as it has historically played out across Sub-Saharan Africa...

The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (26 May 2016)
As in studies focusing on a number of other climatic phenomena, climate models have been found to do a poor job of simulating the basic characteristics of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation...

A New Precipitation History of Australia's Murray-Darling Basin (25 May 2016)
The authors recently developed pre-instrumental rainfall records of the region that are much greater in terms of frequency, duration and magnitude than those that have been observed and documented subsequent to 1883...

Impacts of Warming on Phytoplankton Biodiversity and Productivity (24 May 2016)
Some like it hot! And many of these species reveal this fact by enhancing both their diversity and productivity as water temperatures rise...

Aerial CO2 Enrichment Combats Cadmium Contamination of Soil (23 May 2016)
One of the most toxic of heavy metal soil pollutants meets its match when confronted with an increase in the atmosphere's CO2 concentration...

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

Effects of Elevated CO2 on Aphids Feeding on Bell Pepper Plants (20 May 2016)
A new study describes how atmospheric CO2 enrichment not only promotes the growth of vegetables such as bell peppers, it also demonstrates how it decreases the damage often done to them by hungry little aphids that love to dine on them...

Ocean Acidification Database (20 May 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] (Fernández et al., 2015; photosynthetic rate). To access the entire database, click here.

Old-growth Forests of Southern Chile are Experiencing Large and Unexpected Increases in Growth and Water Use Efficiency (19 May 2016)
A new paper finds reality to be quite the opposite of model-based projections of forest demise...

How Sea Turtle Embryos May Adapt to Potential Global Warming (19 May 2016)
A new study of the subject revels that they enter mortality with heat-shock protein genes that enable them to successfully cope with an environment where ocean temperatures are rising at the rates that are often predicted by climate alarmists...

Yields of Crops and Pasture Grasses Due to Elevated CO2 and Drought (18 May 2016)
A recent review of the relevant scientific literature reveals that the positive effects of the first of these two phenomena override the negative consequences of the second...

Impact of Heat on the Swimming Speed of a Common Damselfish (17 May 2016)
There's a right way and a wrong way of determining how any future warming of the globe might impact the swimming speeds of Earth's fish, as is demonstrated by a recent study of the subject...

How Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment Impacts Tropical Coffee Species (16 May 2016)
Quoting the authors of an important new study, "the tropical coffee crop has been predicted to be threatened by future climate changes and global warming," but they note that "the real biological effects of such changes remain unknown." And they thus proceed to determine them...

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

Oyster Larvae May Successfully Respond to Ocean Acidification (13 May 2016)
Another publication brings to 23 the number of scientific studies devoted to determining potential OA effects on oceanic bivalves that we have reviewed on our website, and which report positive -- or at least neutral -- responses to CO2-induced ocean acidification...

Ocean Acidification Database (13 May 2016)
The latest addition of peer-reviewed data archived to our database of marine organism responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment is Marine Copepod [Acartia grami]. To access the entire database, click here.

An Absence of Ocean Acidification Impacts on Two Marine Copepods (12 May 2016)
Even the most pessimistic levels of ocean acidification are not strong enough to impact fitness and reproductive traits of the two marine copepods examined in this study...

How Heat Mortality Associations Changed Between 1985 and 2012 (12 May 2016)
As global temperatures crept ever higher over the studied time period, the number of deaths related to the warming actually declined...

Projections of Future Spring Wheat Yields on the Canadian Prairies (11 May 2016)
Some parts of the world would be able to produce even greater agricultural yields than they do currently, if the air's CO2 content and temperature were to rise as predicted by climate alarmists; and the prairies of Canada are one such fortunate place...

Plant Growth Database (11 May 2016)
Our latest result of plant growth responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment obtained from experiments described in the peer-reviewed scientific literature is for Thale Cress (Jauregui et al., 2015). To access the entire database, click here.

A Test of the CanCM4 Model in Forecasting Rainfall Over Malaysia (10 May 2016)
Although much has been accomplished in developing the CanCM4 climate model, much yet remains to be accomplished before it is truly ready for prime time deployment...

The Net Impact of Elevated CO2 and Concomitant Drought Stress on Sorghum Grain Biomass Production and Its Protein Content (9 May 2016)
Although grain biomass at harvest was not significantly impacted by the increase in the atmosphere's CO2 concentration, its protein content was. Read on to learn by how much ... and marvel at the answer!...

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

How Predators May Modify Evolution of Their Prey to Warming (6 May 2016)
One might think that an animal species beset by predators in a warming environment would have more difficulty in evolving its ability to" beat the heat" than it would in the absence of the predators. A recent study, however, suggests otherwise, as do a few others that they cite...

Ocean Acidification Database (6 May 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]. To access the entire database, click here.

Has Human Induced Climate Change Caused California Drought? (5 May 2016)
Some jumping-up-and-down climate alarmists are freaking out over what they contend is a human-induced consequence of the historical increase in the air's CO2 content. But are their calisthenics doing them, or anybody else, any good?...

The Shallow Back Reef Environment of Ofu, American Samoa (4 May 2016)
Measurements collected here reveal a highly variable and extreme environment that is largely biologically controlled, suggesting important implications for the future survival of marine life in such environs...

Negative Shortwave Cloud Feedback in Middle to High Latitudes (4 May 2016)
Although several scientists have long struggled to accurately represent cloud feedback in climate models, the task has yet to be achieved...

Plant Growth Database (4 May 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 (Han et al., 2015). To access the entire database, click here.

The Impact of Warming and Hypoxia on Mediterranean Pen Shells (3 May 2016)
Even having to fight the potential negative impacts of localized increases in seawater temperature and concomitant decreases in seawater oxygen content, Mediterranean pen shells appear to be up to the task of doing what it takes to sustain themselves...

Warm and Wet vs Cold and Dry South African Historic Responses (2 May 2016)
History - and the authors of this revealing study - suggest that the former of the two types of climate is the most conducive to human habitation...

Plant Growth Database (2 May 2016)
Our latest result of plant growth responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment obtained from experiments described in the peer-reviewed scientific literature is for Tasmanian Bluegum (Quentin et al., 2015). To access the entire database, click here.