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Volume 17 Number 39: 24 September 2014
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Newest Journal Reviews
Dying from Heat and Cold in Australia: With daily minimum temperatures rising so much faster than daily maximum temperatures all around the world, global warming - if it ever resumes after its nearly two-decade hiatus - should lead to less temperature-related mortality in most parts of the planet, as has historically been observed in Australia.

Modeling Daily Intense Rainfall Events over Africa: "State-of-the-art climate models still cannot realistically simulate daily intense rainfall events with high accuracy."

Modeling Caribbean Precipitation: How Well Is It Being Done?: Both CMIP3 and CMIP5 models still have some perplexing problems that need to be resolved.

Dying From Heat in New York City: Petkova et al.'s discovery that the excess mortality originally experienced at high temperatures was substantially reduced over the course of the century they studied is indicative, in their words, of "population adaptation to heat in recent decades."

The Woody Vegetation Cover of Northern Ethiopian Highlands: In spite of what climate alarmists may claim about the supposed negative environmental effects of the historical increase in the atmosphere's CO2 concentration, the 14 scientists that worked together on this most interesting project conclude that "woody vegetation cover in the northern Ethiopian highlands ... is now at its greatest extent since 1868," as - we like to say - the CO2-induced greening of the earth continues.

Oyster Reef Upward Growth Rates: Faster than a Speeding Bullet?: Not by a long shot ... but still much faster than many had long thought as intertidal reefs "should be able to keep up with any future accelerated rate of sea level rise" - such as has been speculated by most climate alarmists - "and may even benefit from the additional subaqueous space allowing extended vertical accretion."

Assessing Future Rice Yields in China: The future of rice cultivation in China looks bright indeed thanks to rising atmospheric CO2. And, expected genetic improvements in photosynthetic efficiency and flexible planting dates are likely to make things brighter still!

Subject Index Summary
Forests (Growth Rates of Old vs. Young Trees): As people age, they typically slow down with respect to almost everything they do. And so do animals. But what about plants? ... especially long-lived plants such as trees? Do they have a secret we don't know about?

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 Soybean (Hao et al., 2014).

New Major Report!
Extreme Weather Events: Are they Influenced by Rising Atmospheric CO2?: Multiple climate models project that rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations will increase the frequency and/or severity of a number of extreme weather events. This projection has been accepted as fact by numerous scientific organizations and government agencies, including the U.S. EPA. Such claims, however, often fail to stand up against appropriate scientific scrutiny. When key principles of scientific inquiry are adequately addressed and followed, the model projections are consistently seen to conflict with real-world observations, indicating it is highly unlikely that increasing temperatures-whether or not they are driven by rising atmospheric CO2-will increase the frequency and/or magnitude of severe weather events. In fact, most evidence to date suggests an opposite effect, where rising temperatures would produce less frequent and less severe extreme weather.

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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