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Volume 18: May 2015
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Dying from Heat and Cold in Australia and the United Kingdom (6 May 2015)
Whereas the total number of deaths currently caused by both cold and hot weather extremes in the UK is approximately 64 per 100,000 people, it is projected to decline to about 51 per 100,000 people in the 2080s. Likewise, whereas the yearly number of current deaths caused by both cold and hot weather extremes in Australia is 35 per 100,000 people, this number is projected to decline to about 27 per 100,000 people in the 2080s...

Extreme Temperature Trends in China's Qiantang River Basin (6 May 2015)
As the trends of the past several decades continue, "the study region is becoming 'less cold', rather than becoming hotter"...

A Chinese Academy of Sciences El Niño-Southern Oscillation Model (5 May 2015)
Although the model does some things right, it fails to adequately complete an even greater number of essential replicative tasks...

Various Means by which Butterflies Can Tolerate Climate Warming (5 May 2015)
Some are known and some are yet-to-be-known; and in the case of butterflies, both categories appear to apply...

Seagrasses Buffering the Negative Effects of OA on Invertebrates (4 May 2015)
An analysis of real-world responses of real-world invertebrates to real-world ocean acidification suggests that most of them will likely do real fine out in the real world of nature...

Algal Symbionts Increase Heat Tolerance of Corals after Bleaching (4 May 2015)
A new study demonstrates that in situations where it might not be expected, reef corals can survive heat-induced bleaching and come back even more prepared to successfully weather subsequent heat stress events...

Antarctic Brachiopod Shell Growth and Repair in OA Conditions (30 April 2015)
A new study of the potential impacts of forecasted temperature and ocean acidification conditions near the end of the 21st century on a hard-shelled inhabitant of the Southern Ocean reveals a good example of the old adage that "when the going gets tough, the tough get going"...

Plant Growth Database (30 April 2015)
Our latest result of plant growth responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment obtained from experiments described in the peer-reviewed scientific literature is for Indian Mustard (Seth and Misra, 2014)...

Half a Century of Diurnal Temperature Range Changes in China (29 April 2015)
What do they reveal? ... and why is the result important?...

Evaluating AGCM Simulations of Tropical Temperature Trends (29 April 2015)
When sea surface temperature measurements are used to assess the validity -- or not -- of climate model predictions of concomitant upper tropospheric temperature trends, it is essential that the SST data are correct...

An 8000-Year Environmental History of Eastern North Greenland (28 April 2015)
At a time, today, when the air's CO2 concentration is approximately 400 ppm, it is still much cooler in Greenland than when the Holocene thermal maximum held sway and the air's CO2 concentration was a mere 250 ppm. And, despite that extended period of warmer temperatures during the HTM, the Greenland ice sheet did not disappear. Yet some people are concerned that 21st century CO2 concentrations and temperatures are somehow going to melt the ice sheet and wreck havoc on sea levels??...

Assessments of CMIP5-Derived Aerosol Distributions over India (28 April 2015)
The authors of this enlightening paper demonstrate a number of significant deficiencies in the representation of aerosols and their climatic impacts over the Indian subcontinent in current state-of-the-art climate models...

Mammals in a CO2-Enriched and Warmer World -- Summary (27 April 2015)
Under such environmental circumstances (the latter of which is highly speculative) would Earth's mammals have a difficult time surviving? ... with some of them actually being driven to extinction??...

Modelling the Recent History of Changes in the Walker Circulation (27 April 2015)
What CMIP5 models predict should have happened and what real-world data reveal about the matter are shown to be two very different things...

Is Global Sea Level Responding as Predicted by Climate Models? (24 April 2015)
Has there been any recent real-world thermal expansion of Earth's ocean water and/or a melting of polar ice sheets due to global warming that may have led to enhanced rates of global sea level rise?...

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