How does rising atmospheric CO2 affect marine organisms?

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Volume 15 Number 35:  29 August 2012

Occasionally-Slowed Organismal Development in Low-pH Seawater: It is a confounding factor that can easily lead to erroneous conclusions regarding the effects of CO2-induced ocean acidification on calcifying marine organisms.

Subject Index Summary
Plant Hormones: Atmospheric CO2 has been shown to enhance plant growth and development by increasing the concentrations of plant hormones that stimulate cell division, cell elongation and protein synthesis.

Journal Reviews
Heavy Precipitation Over the US: Has it Increased as Some have Predicted it Should?: The authors of a new study do their best to answer this important question.

A Chinese Perspective on Corn-Ethanol Biofuels: Is it positive or negative? ... and why?

Simulating the Present-Day Arctic Atmosphere: How good a job does version 4 of the Community Climate System Model do?

How Ocean Acidification and Warming Impact Predator-Prey Relationships of Calcifying Organisms: Knowing the consequences of the two phenomena, individually or combined, for only one or the other of the two marine organisms is insufficient to divine the impact the predator organism may have on its prey in a CO2-enriched and warmer world.

Summer Warming Impacts on Bees, Moths and Butterflies in Mountainous Northern Scandinavia: Have rising summer temperatures there been driving the flying insects towards extinction, as many have predicted should be the case?

Effects of Long-Term Elevated CO2 on Net Photosynthesis and Dark Respiration Rates of Norway Spruce Needles: How large are the effects? ... and how long-lasting?

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