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Volume 19: February 2016
New material posted nearly every day!

Last 15 Postings

Combined Ocean Acidification and Warming Effects on Sea Urchins (12 February 2016)
The results of a recent study suggest that even in spite of potentially concomitant ocean acidification and warming, some species of sea urchins may be able to successfully cope with this environmental double whammy...

A Two-Millennia Relationship Between Climate and Economic Data (12 February 2016)
Given that the data-derived relationship elicited in this study reveals a warmer climate would benefit the economy, why are so many world leaders so hell-bent on halting any future rise in global temperature?...

Microclimates Reduce Extinction Rates Driven by Climate Change (10 February 2016)
In the real world of nature -- where what is called global warming varies from place to place due to small-scale differences in the nature of the landscape -- various species of both plants and animals experience warming to both greater and lesser degrees than what is predicted for large regions of the earth. And in portions of the planet where the lesser degrees of warming predominate, the number of species experiencing extinctions can be far fewer than what would typically be expected for the mean degree of warming experienced over greater areas...

Dying from the Summer Heat Waves of 1996-2012 in Slovakia (9 February 2016)
Although death tolls were greater than what they would have been under normal summer temperatures, many of the recorded deaths were those of people suffering from various maladies who would have died anyway under non-heat-wave conditions...

The Ability of CMIP5 Models to Hindcast Basic Climate Features (8 February 2016)
Even reproducing accurate simulations of a number of past climate features is a difficult job for even the most advanced of today's climate models...

CO2 Enrichment of the Air Reduces Spring Dust Storms in China (5 February 2016)
The two global environmental changes that are the result of the Industrial Revolution have been combining their individual influences to enhance the growth and development of the planet's plant life for quite some time now...

Do Scientists Suppress Uncertainty in the Climate Change Debate? (4 February 2016)
They do, which finding is both saddening and shameful...

Problems of CMIP5 Models Representing African Easterly Waves (3 February 2016)
Is there no end to the problems encountered by today's most up-to-date state-of-the-art climate models? Another new study adds to the growing number of scientific papers that suggest that the answer to this question is (so far) apparently not!...

The Ability of Rare Eucalypt Species to Cope with Global Warming (2 February 2016)
The author of an intriguing new study of the subject describes an often overlooked way of assessing the survivability of various plant species in earth's oft-postulated warmer future that is predicted by numerous global climate models...

Four Centuries of Summer Temperatures in Coastal Northern Japan (1 February 2016)
Despite the incessant cry of climate alarmists that temperatures are rising to unprecedented levels due to increased concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere, temperatures in the northern coastal region of Japan have remained relatively stable over the past four centuries...

Four Centuries of Spring Temperatures in Nepal (29 January 2016)
If rising concentrations of atmospheric CO2 are having any impact at all on Earth's climate, that impact it is certainly not manifest in this record...

Precipitation and Pacific Storm Track Problems in CMIP5 Models (29 January 2016)
As climate models continue to be refined in chronological groupings, analyses of their hoped-for improvements are likewise sought and described in the scientific literature, which in the case described here focuses on precipitation in CMIP5 models...

Seed Longevity of Alpine Snowbed Plants in a Warmer World (27 January 2016)
How might it be affected by a good dose of global warming? That is the question that Bernareggi et al. pose for themselves - and answer - in this intriguing study...

Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment Increases Fatty Acids in Larval Fish (26 January 2016)
Is that a good thing or is it a bad thing? Read on to find the answer...

Forty-five Years of Extremely Intense Worldwide Hurricane Data (25 January 2016)
What is the current status of category 4 and 5 hurricanes the world over? Is it increasing, decreasing or staying about the same?...

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