How does rising atmospheric CO2 affect marine organisms?

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Volume 16 Number 3:  16 January 2013

Fine-Scale Temperature Features at High Elevations: Microclimatology may prove the salvation of many alpine plant and animal species in the face of further planetary warming.

Subject Index Summary
Wood Density: Atmospheric CO2 enrichment tends to increase wood density in both seedlings and mature trees more often than not, thereby also increasing a number of strength properties of their branches and trunks.

Journal Reviews
On the Climatic Benefits of Antarctic Polynyas: A recent focus on the seasonal appearance of open waters within the larger confines of the permanent sea ice surrounding Antarctica highlights the phenomenon's global significance.

The Medieval Warm Period on Maui: Did it really occur? ... way out there in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean?

Tropical Cyclones of the Lesser Antilles: How have they varied since the mid-1600s?

Land-Sourced Contaminants of Australia's Great Barrier Reef: They may persist throughout the reef and inflict significant damage much longer than has long been believed.

Bioremediation of Polluted Waters by Macroalgae: What do initial investigations of the subject suggest?

Calcification and Productivity in Symbiont-Bearing Foraminifera: How do the two processes change as seawater CO2 conditions rise from 467 to 784 to 1169 and to 1662 ppm?

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