Long-Term Effects of Elevated CO2 on Plant-Herbivore Interactions

Published January 29, 2014

In the eternal war between earth’s plants and the herbivorous insects that feed upon them, the ongoing increase in the atmosphere’s CO2 concentration is proving to be a powerful secret weapon, which is helping the planet’s vegetation to sustain the impressive worldwide greening of the earth that continues apace, growing ever stronger year by year… Read More

Simulating the Trigger of the Onset of the Indian Summer Monsoon (28 Jan 2014)
How well are the CMIP5 models performing in this regard? The authors of this study conclude “many models still face difficulties”… Read More

The World’s Longest-Running Tropical Sponge Study (28 Jan 2014)
It reveals incredible resilience of these simplest of multi-cellular animals to “large-scale thermal stress events,” suggesting that “sponges might be less affected by projected increases in sea surface temperature compared to other major groups of reef organisms”… Read More

Modeling Southern Hemisphere Mid-latitude Precipitation Trends (29 Jan 2014)
Once again, the CMIP5 models are found to perform poorly in simulating another important aspect of climate… Read More

Will Second Generation Biofuels Lead to Bioinvasions? (29 Jan 2014)
They very well could, as the authors of this study write “the development of a large-scale biofuel industry on the continent could lead to the widespread introduction, establishment, and spread of invasive plant species if invasive risks are not properly considered as part of biofuel policy”… Read More

Modeling Volcanic Aeorsol Impacts on Atmospheric Water Vapor (29 Jan 2014)
How well do the CMIP3 and CMIP5 models perform in this regard? In spite of “the remarkable improvements of GCMs over the past years, it is still a challenge to simulate volcanic impacts for all GCMs”… Read More

Two Decades of Overestimated Global Warming (29 Jan 2014)
The global mean surface temperature over the past 20 years rose at a rate that was “significantly slower than that simulated by the climate models participating in Phase 5 of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5)”… Read More