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Volume 18: May 2015
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Cooling Impacts Childhood Respiratory Tract Infections in China (22 May 2015)
Once again, we have another set of data that demonstrates the grater negative health effects of cold spells compared to those of heat waves, with an emphasis on children...

Long-term Mesocosm Study of OA Effects on a Sea Urchin Species (21 May 2015)
Improved procedures in an experimental assessment of the effects of ocean acidification on important sea urchin bodily functions and properties suggest that they may be little affected by even the worst-case scenario of earth's projected end-of-century atmospheric CO2 concentration...

Plant Growth Database (21 May 2015)
Our latest result of plant growth responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment obtained from experiments described in the peer-reviewed scientific literature is for Sunflower (Lakshmi et al., 2014)...

An Ectotherm Tolerating More Heat than Once Thought Possible (20 May 2015)
Would you believe approximately 20°C both above and below typical daily maximum and minimum temperatures?...

Impending Desertification Prevented by Termites?? How Is It Done? (20 May 2015)
"Termites and other ecosystem engineers may buffer the effects of anthropogenic global change in some of the world's most environmentally and socioeconomically sensitive regions"...

Tropical Cyclones in High-Resolution Global Climate Models (19 May 2015)
As has been the case in most studies that have compared climate hind-casts with real-world observations, even the most up-to-date and sophisticated climate models have been found to have great difficulty simulating reality; and in the case of tropical cyclones this "standard," as it were, continues to be upheld...

The Ants are Coming! The Ants are Coming!! ... or Are They???? (19 May 2015)
Jumping to conclusions about the effects of climate-model-projected changes in global temperatures between the present and AD 2080 has unfortunately been rather dis-informative, as shown by the first global risk assessment of invasive ants driven by the model projections...

Adapting to Global Warming: How Bird and Reptile Embryos Do It (18 May 2015)
It's never too early to do what it takes to successfully cope with a perceived increase in the temperature of one's immediate environment ... even before birth, or in the case of birds and reptiles, before hatching...

The Progressive Nitrogen Limitation Hypothesis Takes Another Hit (18 May 2015)
The once-famous contention that low concentrations of soil nitrogen will gradually reduce the growth-promoting strength of the aerial fertilization effect of atmospheric CO2 enrichment is once again shown to be false...

Positive Effects of Elevated CO2 on an Important Brazilian Shrub (15 May 2015)
A new study reveals ten amazing ways by which a doubling of the atmosphere's CO2 concentration can enhance the growth and development of a Neotropical plant that is often found in harsh environments, the aerial parts of which plants have significant medicinal value...

Western Spruce Budworm Outbreaks in Central British Columbia (15 May 2015)
New research demonstrates that this current scourge of the Canadian province is not the result of what climate alarmists consider to be concomitant unprecedented global warming, but rather a recurring phenomenon with a mean return interval of approximately 30 years that has been in play for at least the past four and a half centuries...

Climate Model Inadequacies (Soil Moisture) -- Summary (14 May 2015)
Until global climate models better integrate and evaluate the many biological, chemical and physical components of the Earth's climate system, their ability to forecast the future of each such component will ever be suspect, as demonstrated here for the case of soil moisture...

Plant Growth Database (14 May 2015)
Our latest result of plant growth responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment obtained from experiments described in the peer-reviewed scientific literature is for Potato (Fleisher et al., 2013)...

Pigeonpeas Grow in Importance as the Air's CO2 Content Rises (13 May 2015)
Another example of the indisputable fact that atmospheric CO2 enrichment tends to bring out the best in the agricultural crops that support and sustain all mankind...

Climate Model Biases in the Atmospheric Boundary Layer (13 May 2015)
In many situations it is important to know the nature of the local atmospheric boundary layer; and in many cases the world's most advanced climate models are unable to provide a satisfactory characterization of it...

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