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Fine Roots of Loblolly Pine Trees Growing in CO2-Enriched Air (28 May 2015)
They play a much bigger role in overall tree growth and development than is suggested by their very small size; and in CO2-enriched air, they do it even better...

Plant Growth Database (28 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 Perl Millet (Lakshmi et al., 2014)...

Pathogen Pressure on Seagrass: Helped or Hindered by Warming? (27 May 2015)
Chalk another one up for warming being the purveyor of good news for a species of plant faced with the prospect of suffering the ill effects of wasting disease...

Elevated Atmospheric CO2 Enhances the Healthiness of Lake Water (27 May 2015)
Another important "plus" of the historical and still-ongoing-rise in the air's CO2 content for the entire world, which is rarely discussed in the scientific - or popular - literature...

Calcareous Green Algae Tolerating OA Conditions at a CO2 Seep (26 May 2015)
Some macroalgae not only tolerate CO2-induced ocean acidification, they actually thrive in it...

How Well Do AR4 Climate Models Simulate Precipitation in India? (26 May 2015)
Anandhi and Nanjundiah (2015) analyzed the several models' abilities to simulate daily precipitation over India on a 2.5° x 2.5° latitude by longitude basis throughout the 20th century...

A Case of Tropical-to-Temperate Phenological Adaptation in Maize (25 May 2015)
If earth's climate were ever to begin to warm again and continue to a stage where most of its crops were no longer suited to the climates in which they are presently grown, is there anything we could do about it?...

Some Sea Life Does Not Adapt to OA; It Makes OA Adapt to Them (25 May 2015)
Marine plant life has spent many millennia developing means by which it can deal with atmospheric-CO2-induced ocean acidification; and we're beginning to see the benefits of it now...

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...

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