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June 2011 Archive of Scientific Literature Reviews

A 135-Year Rainfall History of India: 1871-2005 (1 June 2011)
The authors of this paper find no hint of the decrease in rainfall that the IPCC had suggested would occur over India as that country -- and the world -- warmed at a rate and to a level that that organization continues to claim was unprecedented over the past millennium or more... Read More
Effects of Elevated CO2 on Methane Emissions from Terrestrial Plants Growing Under Aerobic Conditions (1 June 2011)
Are they positive or negative?... Read More
Adaptation to Ocean Acidification (1 June 2011)
Tunnicliffe et al. identified four-decade-old mussels that had learned to cope with extreme acidity in hellish conditions, although their shell thickness and daily shell growth increments were "only about half those recorded from mussels living in water with pH > 7.8." Nevertheless, the mussels were alive and doing what most climate alarmists have claimed such creatures should not be able to do in such conditions.... Read More
Are Some Global Warming Policies Deadlier than Global Warming? (1 June 2011)
Biofuel policies may currently be deadlier and account for more lives lost than global warming, especially since the inertia of the climate system means little or no reduction in these numbers from any slowing of global warming due to any increase in biofuel production from 2004 to 2010... Read More
Solar Activity and Global Climate Change (1 June 2011)
How does the former affect the latter?... Read More
Effects of Extra Cadmium and CO2 on the Growth of Pasture Plants (1 June 2011)
Root parameters, including "root length, surface area, volume, tip number, and fine roots, all decreased under Cd exposure," while "by contrast, elevated levels of CO2 significantly increased all those parameters in the presence of Cd, compared to the CO2 control, suggesting that elevated levels of CO2 had an ameliorating effect on Cd-induced stress"... Read More
Vegetation Changes of the Semi-Arid Region of South Africa (1 June 2011)
Have the negative changes that climate alarmists have long predicted finally come to pass? In a word, no... Read More
Detecting the Footprint of Man in Tropical Cyclone Damage Data (7 June 2011)
Based on the results of a new study, US and Australian scientists "urge extreme caution in attributing short term trends (i.e., over many decades and longer) in normalized US tropical cyclone losses to anthropogenic climate change," suggesting that "anthropogenic climate change signals are very unlikely to emerge in US tropical cyclone losses at timescales of less than a century"... Read More
Aquatic Ecosystems of Arid and Semi-Arid Regions (7 June 2011)
Despite climatic models predicting "significant declines in future water availability, fish growth may increase due to a disproportionate lengthening of the growing season"... Read More
Coral-Virus Interactions (7 June 2011)
van Oppen and her co-authors review both the detrimental and beneficial aspects of viral infections and argue that as the field of coral virology expands, in addition to their pathogenicity, the idea that viruses represent functionally beneficial components of the coral holobiont be considered... Read More
Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Ocean Acidification and Ocean Noise (7 June 2011)
How does the former affect the latter?... Read More
Sea Urchin Responses to Ocean Acidification and Warming (7 June 2011)
All things considered, it would appear that sea urchins may be well equipped to deal with the challenges of projected ocean acidification and global warming... Read More
A Seventy-Year History of Change in the Himalayas' Raikot Glacier (8 June 2011)
The authors find "glacier fluctuations over the past 70 years are characterized by retreat between the 1930s and 1950s, a marked advance between the 1950s and 1980s, and a relatively stable situation after 1992," adding that "a general trend of reduced glacier thickness does not appear significant over the whole observation period"... Read More
Livestock Parasites in a Warmer World (8 June 2011)
Modest changes in husbandry practices "should be able to manage expected increases in [blowfly] strike, under the range of climate changes currently predicted"... Read More
Maldivian Reefs: Fighting Back from Near Oblivion (8 June 2011)
Eight years after the 1998 coral mass mortality, "hard coral cover varied from 12% to 37%," and "cover of soft corals, algae and sponges was comparatively low (approximately 7% on average)." In addition, a recent inventory of coral species showed that their number is larger than that known before 1998... Read More
Plants Surviving Global Warming on Mountainsides (8 June 2011)
A new study indicates "a great risk of overestimating alpine habitat losses in isotherm-based model scenarios" -- such as the climate envelope approach... Read More
Ocean Acidification and Calcifying Clams (8 June 2011)
At the conclusion of their experiment, the eight researchers of this study say that they found "no differences among pH treatments in terms of net calcification, size or weight of the clams"... Read More
Female Polar Bear Den Site Selection (8 June 2011)
The ability of polar bear females to shift from one den site location to another or one substrate to another, is just one aspect of the kind of plasticity needed to survive in the face of climate change... Read More
Tropical Reef Corals Responding to Warming (14 June 2011)
Are they dying out or moving on (as in poleward)?... Read More
Coralline Algal Growth Reveals History of North Atlantic Climate (14 June 2011)
And it indicates that the supposedly record heat of the late 1990s/early 2000s may well have been eclipsed in the 1920s and 1930s... Read More
Experts Rebut IPCC on Its Analysis of Medieval Warm Period (14 June 2011)
The authors claim "quantification of proxy data coherence suggests that it was erroneous [for the IPCC] to conclude that the records displayed in AR4 are indicative of a heterogeneous climate during the MWP"... Read More
Surviving Global Warming by Migrating Mere Meters ... or Even Millimeters (14 June 2011)
In the real world of nature, the 'bioclimate approach' or 'climate envelope' modeling are not adequate for describing how different species will respond to future changes in climate... Read More
The Progressive Nitrogen Limitation Hypothesis (14 June 2011)
Once again, data suggest it to be a non-problem... Read More
Extreme Negative NAO Index Linked to One of the Coldest and Snowiest Winters of 2009-10 (14 June 2011)
Winters over Europe and North America have become colder and snowier in recent years... Read More
Rainfall in Zimbabwe (15 June 2011)
Climate change effects that have been predicted to be "due to global warming" are "not yet statistically significant within time series of total seasonal and annual rainfall in Zimbabwe." Furthermore, "there is no proof that the average rainfall at each of [the stations under study] has changed"... Read More
Is There a Need for a More Sustainable Agriculture? (15 June 2011)
Read on ... and decide for yourself... Read More
Himalayan Glaciers (15 June 2011)
What does their melt-history tell us about late-20th-century global warming?... Read More
The Medieval Warm Period at Lake Joux, Swiss Jura Mountains (15 June 2011)
Peak warmth of the MWP at Lake Joux exceeded that of the CWP at that location by something on the order of 0.4-1.0°C, in harmony with similar findings obtained at numerous other locations around the world... Read More
Global Warming and the Survival Rate of Juvenile Hokkaido Chum Salmon (15 June 2011)
Growth of one-year-old chum salmon in the Okhotsk Sea "was less during the period from the 1940s to the mid-1970s compared to the period from the mid-1980s to the present," which result "was directly affected by warmer sea surface temperatures associated with global warming." And the authors of this study add that "the increased growth at age one led directly to higher survival rates and indirectly to larger population sizes"... Read More
No Long-term Trend in Atlantic Hurricane Numbers (15 June 2011)
Improved technologies have improved our ability to detect and warn of both violent local storms and hurricanes. It appears very likely that this better detection has been responsible for apparent trends in frequencies of these storms frequently attributed to global warming.... Read More
Greenland Ice Melt: Past and Present (21 June 2011)
The "recent period of high-melt extent is similar in magnitude but, thus far, shorter in duration than a period of high melt lasting from the early 1920s through the early 1960s"... Read More
Climate and Malaria in the Highlands of Bangladesh (21 June 2011)
After "adjusting for potential mutual confounding between climatic factors there was no evidence for any association between the number of malaria cases and temperature, rainfall and humidity"... Read More
Summer Temperatures in the Northern French Alps (21 June 2011)
More evidence continues to indicate that the Medieval Warm Period was a real and global phenomenon... Read More
The Future of North American Wheat Production (21 June 2011)
What lessons can we learn from the past?... Read More
Storms of Northwest France (21 June 2011)
Warm periods are generally associated with less storminess in contrast to the climate-alarmist claim that warmth generally brings greater storminess to most all parts of the planet... Read More
Global Warming Spurs "Spring Cleaning" of Honeybees (22 June 2011)
When the weather warms earlier with each successive spring, honeybees begin their seasonal work at an increasingly earlier date... Read More
Ozone Damage to Vegetation in Europe's Future (22 June 2011)
Despite "substantially increased modeled future O3 concentrations in central and southern Europe, the flux-based risk for O3 damage to vegetation is predicted to remain unchanged or decrease at most sites, mainly as a result of projected reductions in stomatal conductance under rising CO2 concentrations"... Read More
Mopping Up Soil Copper Pollution (22 June 2011)
Reclamation of copper-contaminated soils by "phytoextractants" will likely proceed at a much faster pace in a high-CO2 world of the future than it does currently... Read More
Precipitation Extremes Along North America's West Coast (22 June 2011)
Are they increasing in the ways suggested by climate models?... Read More
Cardiovascular Deaths and the Weather in Budapest (22 June 2011)
The authors of this study "confirmed the results of other studies (Donaldson et al., 1998; Gyllerup, 2000; Mercer, 2003) that mortality was in inverse relation to air temperature"... Read More
Global Warming and the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (28 June 2011)
In spite of model projections, the AMOC's anticipated slowdown "has not occurred yet, even though global temperatures have been significantly higher since the 1970s"... Read More
Effects of Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment on Forest Water Use (28 June 2011)
Elevated concentrations of atmospheric CO2 lead to less water use... Read More
Salinity Stress in Tomato Plants (28 June 2011)
Results corroborate earlier reports that "the interaction between salinity stress and CO2 concentration result[s] in the alleviative effect of elevated CO2 on the negative effects of salinity on plant growth"... Read More
Cold European Winters and Low Solar Activity (28 June 2011)
Are the two related in any way?... Read More
Temperature of North-Central Shaanzi, China, Since AD 1826 (28 June 2011)
The temperature of the last decade was not the highest in the authors' reconstruction... Read More
Live Coral Cover on Australia's Great Barrier Reef (29 June 2011)
In spite of all of the purportedly unprecedented negative influences arrayed against them over the past decade and a half, GBR corals appear to have held their own, maintaining a stable presence over the totality of their 1300-km linear expanse... Read More
A New Model Search for the "Missing Sink" of Anthropogenic CO2 (29 June 2011)
The aerial fertilization effect of atmospheric CO2 enrichment may well be doing a whole lot more for the planet in terms of sequestering carbon than what most people have long assumed... Read More
Effects of Elevated CO2 on Rice Leaves (29 June 2011)
Mature rice leaves provide all sorts of CO2-enhanced help to developing leaves as the growth process proceeds; and they should continue to do so in an ever-increasing fashion as the air's CO2 content continues to rise, which is good news for rice ... and even better news for humanity... Read More
Warming-Induced Microevolution in Tawny Owls (29 June 2011)
The results of a new study constitute, in the words of the authors, "the first empirical evidence of climate-driven change in selection on a heritable trait," providing a whole new perspective on the potential abilities of earth's fauna to successfully deal with the challenges of global warming... Read More
The Productivity of China's Forests: 1961-2005 (29 June 2011)
The two phenomena of atmospheric CO2 enrichment and nitrogen deposition -- both of which are by-products of the Industrial Revolution -- provide powerful antidotes for the negative effects of ozone pollution, land-cover/land-use change and various deleterious climatic phenomena with regard to their impacts on NPP and NCE in China and, by inference, other parts of the world as well... Read More