Long-Term Responses of Emiliania huxleyi to Ocean Acidification

Published May 1, 2014

Can they enable the ubiquitous coccolithophore to survive projected environmental changes? Yes, in contrast to findings from short-term experiments, the authors of this study report “long-term acclimation or adaptation could change, or even reverse, negative calcification responses in E. huxleyi and its feedback to the global carbon cycle,” which change would tend to temper the rate of rise of the atmosphere’s CO2 concentration… Read More

The Response Potential of Silver Fir Trees to Global Warming (29 Apr 2014)
The species may well be a whole lot more resilient than we ever expected. In fact, this new work “contradicts recent studies that projected range contractions under global-warming scenarios”… Read More

Three Centuries of New Climate Change Data for West Antarctica (29 Apr 2014)
Do they support or challenge the contentions of the world’s climate alarmists? Nope, “the large isotopic warming since the 1950s is not unusual, with equally large warming and cooling trends observed several times over the past 308 years,” which are “consistent with a study from continental West Antarctica which concluded that this recent warming is not unprecedented in the context of the past 2000 years”… Read More

Evolution to the Rescue! (29 Apr 2014)
In an editorial published in Functional Ecology that addresses the question of whether or not Earth’s plants and animals can evolve rapidly enough to keep pace with the rate of climate change that many are predicting… Read More

Responses of Sea-Ice Algae to Projected Ocean Acidification Levels (30 Apr 2014)
In an environment comprised primarily of ice, can any algae respond positively to anything? According to the researchers of this study, the brine algal community may actually “benefit from the associated increases in CO2” that “are likely to be experienced by the end of the century”… Read More

The European-Wide and Holocene-Long Growth Rates of Fir Trees (30 Apr 2014)
When real atmospheric pollutant concentrations were significantly reduced, and when concentrations of the world’s most powerful atmospheric fertilizer (CO2) were concomitantly increased, Europe’s fir trees experienced their greatest growth rates of the entire past millennium… Read More

The Little Ice Age in Central Mexico (30 Apr 2014)
Cuna et al. developed “new information about the nature of the Little Ice Age in central Mexico based on a decadal-resolution sediment sequence from high-altitude tropical Lake La Luna, in the Nevado de Toluca volcano”… Read More