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May 2012 Archive of Scientific Literature Reviews

The "Rescue and Mining" of Previously Neglected New Zealand Sea Level Data (1 May 2012)
Long-term sea level trends provide no evidence for a large acceleration in global sea level rise over the past couple of decades, in contradiction of oft-repeated climate-alarmist claims to the contrary... Read More
Keeping Up with the Plants: Bee Pollinators Strive for Seasonal Synchrony (1 May 2012)
Historical global warming - which climate alarmists contend has been unprecedented over the past millennium or two - has not detrimentally interfered with the long-standing mutualistic relationship that exists between the concomitant emergence of adult wild bees and the flowering of the plants they visit... Read More
Millennial-Scale Climate Oscillations in Australia (1 May 2012)
Evidence continues to accumulate for the reality of both centennial- and millennial-scale cycles of climate change that ultimately have their origin in similarly-timed oscillations of some aspect of solar activity... Read More
Global Warming and Childhood Ear Infections (1 May 2012)
According to the researchers who conducted this study, "average temperature is not likely to be the dominant cause of the [observed] increase in allergy burden" and they "do not expect prevalence of otitis media to change significantly as global warming may continue to affect our environment"... Read More
Effects of Warming on Dense Stands of Young Faxon Fir Trees (2 May 2012)
Wang et al. conclude that "future elevated temperature may adjust trees' morphology and physiology to enable the capture of more light to support seedling growth under growth-limiting light, intra-specific competition and nutritional conditions"... Read More
Ozone and Planetary Food Security: The Bad News and Good News (2 May 2012)
How bad is the bad news? ... and how good is the good news?... Read More
Trends in the Diversity and Density of French Fish Populations During a Time of Unprecedented Global Warming: 1990-2009 (2 May 2012)
Over the past two decades, when climate alarmists claim the Earth warmed at a rate and to a degree that was unprecedented over the past millennium or two, the majority of French fish - plus some newcomers to the country's streams and rivers - actually found the supposedly deadly heat refreshing, as they increased in terms of both species numbers (diversity) and population size.... Read More
Arctic vs. Global Air Temperature Change (2 May 2012)
Do climate models have the relationship right?... Read More
New Emperor Penguin Numbers Are Double Previous Estimates (2 May 2012)
Emperor penguins are twice as common as previously thought, according to a new population estimate based on pictures of Antarctica taken from space... Read More
The Greening of Canada's Herschel Island: A Fine Example of the Biological Awakening of the Circumpolar Arctic (8 May 2012)
As the region has warmed over the past century, its land has begun to support more vegetation, which can thus support more animal life... Read More
The Medieval Warm Period in Southeast Uruguay ... and Beyond (8 May 2012)
The results of this paper add to the ever-expanding body of empirical findings testifying to the reality of the millennial-scale cycling of the planet's climate, which after the passing of the Little Ice Age that followed the Medieval Warm Period is likely what has most recently ushered in the Current Warm Period... Read More
Global Warming, Graminoid Grasses, and the Grazing Geese of Greenland (8 May 2012)
How have rising temperatures impacted the grasses? ... and how has the result impacted the geese? According to Madsen et al., it would appear that many of Earth's higher-latitude terrestrial ecosystems might well be able to sustain considerably greater primary productivity, as well as much larger numbers of higher-trophic-level consumers, in a CO2-enriched and warmer world than what has long been believed possible... Read More
Stormy Periods Over the Northwestern Mediterranean Sea (8 May 2012)
Over the past 7,000 years, seven multi-century periods of increased storm activity were observed, the most recent of which interval the authors associate with the Little Ice Age. "In contrast," the authors also found that "the Medieval Climate Anomaly (1150-650 cal yr BP) was characterized by low storm activity"... Read More
Mediterranean Pink Roserock: Could It Survive IPCC-Predicted Global Warming? (9 May 2012)
A new study suggests that it may very well do so... Read More
The Plant Community Composition of Canada's Southwest Yukon (9 May 2012)
How did it respond to the 2°C warming experienced there between 1968 and 2010? According to the authors of this study, "species richness increased on all slopes, diversity increased on three of the four slopes, and community composition changed significantly on each of the four slopes, with the most significant change occurring on the southwest aspect"... Read More
Here's to Your Health! ... Courtesy of Carbon Dioxide (9 May 2012)
Atmospheric CO2 enrichment promotes the production of many cancer-fighting substances. So here's to our health ... and the health of our children's children ... courtesy (in part) of the atmosphere's steadily rising carbon dioxide concentration; for if the world's climate alarmists can attribute nearly everything bad that happens nowadays, to the ongoing rise in the air's CO2 content, surely a possible benefit or two can be pointed out. And the potential benefit described here is a huge one... Read More
Tropospheric Humidity and CO2-Induced Global Warming (9 May 2012)
Paltridge et al. conclude that negative trends in tropospheric humidity "as found in the NCEP data would imply that long-term water vapor feedback is negative - that it would reduce rather than amplify the response of the climate system to external forcing such as that from increasing atmospheric CO2"... Read More
Changes in Hawaiian Island Precipitation Extremes, 1950-2007 (9 May 2012)
It is of interest to compare the findings of this study with model projections that suggest a warmer climate provides more moisture in the atmosphere and will result in more frequent and intense precipitation events. Yet, as the results of this study show, the availability of more moisture in the atmosphere does not necessarily produce more extreme (heavy) rainfall, which suggests that the models still have a long way to go before they get it right... Read More
Rapid Physiological Responses of the European Green Crab to Rising Temperatures (15 May 2012)
Another species demonstrates that it has the capacity to do what it needs to do to successfully cope with projected global warming... Read More
Evolutionary and Adaptive Responses of Coral-Algal Symbioses to Potential Future Warming (15 May 2012)
We are only just beginning to appreciate the many different ways in which Earth's coral-algal symbioses are capable of coping with significant changes in the planet's climate... Read More
ENSO: A Permanent Feature of a Future Warmer World? (15 May 2012)
It's what many a climate alarmist has predicted. But results of this study show that the 'past greenhouse' climate of the late Cretaceous experienced nothing of the sort... Read More
Hudson Bay Ringed Seal Populations Declined Significantly Due to Heavy Ice in the 1990s (15 May 2012)
Cold winters and heavy sea ice appear to have caused significant population declines of ringed seals in western Hudson Bay in the early 1990s but numbers rebounded in the next decade... Read More
Dust Deposits at the Bottom of the Aral Sea (16 May 2012)
Can they reveal anything about the planet's climatic history? In a word, yes, and what they show reinforces the reality of a non-CO2-induced millennial-scale cycling of Earth's surface air temperature, providing no need whatsoever for any greenhouse-gas-induced phenomenon to explain the planet's current level of warmth or when it began... Read More
The Progressive Nitrogen Limitation Hypothesis is Refuted by the Palaeorecord of the Late Quaternary (16 May 2012)
Inferred ecosystem changes throughout the Late Quaternary cannot be adequately explained without invoking the demonstrable effects of atmospheric CO2 enrichment on Earth's vegetation, one of which is the inability of low soil nitrogen concentrations to limit the strength of carbon dioxide's aerial fertilization effect... Read More
Tree Growth in the Swedish Sub-Arctic: Setting New Records (16 May 2012)
In spite of the increased browsing pressure provided by an increasing reindeer population over the period of study, as well as periodic outbursts of geometrid moths - which severely defoliated the birch trees in their study area in 2004 - "there has been a net increase in biomass - and carbon drawdown - of 19%"... Read More
As the World Warms: Trees and Shrubs Proliferating in Sweden (16 May 2012)
The change in shrubs and small trees observed is "consistent with anticipated changes due to climate change and reduced herbivory," which change in climate represents a return to the good old days... Read More
Two Centuries of Reef Growth in the Southern South China Sea (22 May 2012)
It certainly looks like the infamous IPCC has gotten it all wrong when it comes to predicting the effects of rising temperature and atmospheric CO2 concentration on coral calcification rates ... because you better believe that nature's got it right... Read More
More Floods for Central Europe in a Warming World? (22 May 2012)
So say some regional climate models. But according to Stewart et al., "evidence could not be found that summer-autumn floods would increase in the Eastern Swiss Alps in a warmer climate of the 21st century," pretty much debunking the projections of the regional climate models that have suggested otherwise... Read More
Trees and Shrubs at Their Poleward Limits in a Warming World (22 May 2012)
How have they been responding to rising temperatures? It looks like the planet itself has decided to Go Green! ... as ice makes way for life... Read More
Sub-Tropical Reef-Fish in a Warming World (22 May 2012)
How is their local diversity affected?... Read More
The Net Mass Balance of the Community of Karakoram Glaciers (23 May 2012)
Is it positive, negative or neutral? According to the authors of this study, contrary to what is often claimed about many of Earth's mountain glaciers by the world's climate alarmists, "it is evident that glacier surging is more extensive than previously reported in the Karakoram and that the number of glacier surges has increased recently," driven by positive mass balances.... Read More
How Does a Short-Winged Bush-Cricket React to Rapid Warming? (23 May 2012)
It sprouts long wings, in order to better fly to cooler climes to escape the escalating heat... Read More
The Fate of Amazonian Forests in a CO2-Enriched and Warmer World (23 May 2012)
Without the biological benefits provided by the ongoing rise in the air's CO2 content, Lapola et al. conclude "there must be substantial biome shifts in the region, including substitution of the Amazonian forest by savanna," but that with these benefits, "most of Amazonia would remain the same" as it is today.... Read More
Biological Microcosms of the Future (23 May 2012)
Vegetation growing in warmer and CO2-enriched city air reveal the potential future of Earth's plant life... Read More
The GRACE-Derived Climate-Driven Status of the Greenland Ice Sheet (29 May 2012)
Climate alarmists have historically claimed that evidence for the catastrophic climate changes they have projected is growing stronger by the day; yet this is not the case with the increase in sea level they associate with the loss of ice from Greenland that they calculate should occur in response to the overly-inflated CO2-induced global warming that they feel should be occurring currently, and which they actually claim is occurring currently, but which in reality actually isn't... Read More
How Adult Oyster Exposure to Ocean Acidification Impacts the Response of Their Offspring to Elevated Atmospheric CO2 (29 May 2012)
Does it help or hinder the acclimation ability of the younger generation?... Read More
Ocean Warming and Acidification Impacts on Western Australian Coral Reefs (29 May 2012)
What has been the combined effect of the "twin evils" of the radical environmentalist movement over the past 110 years? The authors of this paper conclude that "the rate of change in the thermal environment of coral reefs is currently the primary driver of change in coral calcification rates," driving them ever higher as temperatures rise ever higher, and that "the large-scale phenomenon of ocean acidification is not currently limiting calcification on coral reefs uniformly at a global scale"... Read More
The Greening of West Africa (29 May 2012)
The phenomenon is being projected by some to continue to occur even without the help of the photosynthetic-enhancing and transpiration-reducing effects of atmospheric CO2 enrichment... Read More
Progressive Nitrogen Limitation in a Brackish Tidal Marsh (30 May 2012)
Does the discredited hypothesis apply any better here, at the edge of the sea, than it does on land? According to five U.S. researchers who authored this study, "accumulating evidence from this and other studies suggests that progressive nutrient limitation will not decrease the elevated-CO2 response of C3-dominated communities through time in systems with 'open' nutrient cycles," which conclusion would likely apply to all tidal wetlands... Read More
Biofuels or Bust (30 May 2012)
In light of the results of a new analysis of the subject, Biofuels and Bust would appear to be a more appropriate description of current U.S. policy in regard to this burning issue... Read More
Local to Regional Climatic Effects of Deforestation (30 May 2012)
How much can the destruction of forests alter near-surface air temperature? Perhaps it is not so farfetched to think that a goodly portion of that global warming may have been due to a number of other factors that have not yet been incorporated into the climate models that attribute the bulk of the post-Little Ice Age temperature increase to increases in CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions of mankind... Read More
The Effects of Dramatic Climate Change on Marine Planktonic Microbes: A History Lesson (30 May 2012)
They almost never met a challenge they couldn't survive ... or sometimes even profit from... Read More