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Volume 17 Number 36: 3 September 2014
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Editorial
Crop Breeding for High Production, Water Use Efficiency & Albedo: It's a good way to confront mankind's growing need for food and the water needed to produce it, while simultaneously hedging our bets on what many believe to be CO2-induced global warming.

Subject Index Summary
Biospheric Productivity (Global: The Recent Past): Since 1980 the Earth has weathered three of the warmest decades in the instrumental temperature record, a handful of intense and persistent El Niño events, large-scale deforestation, "unprecedented" forest fires, and the eruption of several volcanoes. Concurrently, the air's CO2 content increased by 16%, while human population grew by 55%. It was a bad time for the biosphere. Or was it?

Journal Reviews
Catastrophic Floods of Dartmoor, South West England: Are they few and far-between? ... or are they growing ever more frequent ... and ferocious?

Simulating the East Asian Summer Monsoon: How well are the latest versions of today's best climate models performing in this regard?

Rapid Evolution of Reproductive Traits in Response to Warming: One can learn a lot from a guppy.

A Quarter-Century of Carbon Sequestration in Global Grasslands: Has it been increasing, decreasing or staying about the same?

Semi-Arid Ecosystems: Their Impact on the Global Carbon Cycle: Is it negligible, modest or outrageously powerful?

Diffusion Boundary Layers Around Calcifying Marine Organisms: A recent study demonstrates how they may ameliorate the negative effects of ocean acidification.

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

Major Report
New Report from the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change
Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts: On March 31, 2014 the fifth in a series of scholarly reports produced by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) was released to the public. This new publication represents an independent, comprehensive, and authoritative report on the current state of climate science. We encourage all to read it.


World Temperatures Database
Back by popular demand and upgraded to allow patrons more choices to plot and view the data, we reintroduce the World Temperatures section of our website. Here, users may plot temperatures for the entire globe or regions of the globe. A newly added feature allows patrons the ability to plot up to six independent datasets on the same graph. Try it today. World Temperatures Database.

Climate Change Reconsidered
The 2011 Interim Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change: We provide a link to this report as a courtesy and encourage all to download and read it. The 2011 Interim Report presents an overview of the research on climate change that has appeared since publication of Climate Change Reconsidered: The 2009 Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change. Research published before 2009 was included if it did not appear in the 2009 report or provides context for the new research. Nearly all of the research summarized here appeared in peer-reviewed science journals.

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Seeing is Believing
Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Interglacial Warmth

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