Old Trees: The Bigger They Are, The More Carbon They Sequester

Published June 6, 2014

New data overturn an old concept, revealing that “rapid growth in giant trees is the global norm” and “it appears to hold regardless of competitive environment”… Read More

Growing More Tasty and Health-Promoting Greenhouse Tomatoes (3 Jun 2014)
Tomato fruit plucked from plants growing in a greenhouse with CO2-enriched air looked better, felt better, smelled better, tasted better and were better for one’s health. What more could one possibly ask? … especially of what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wrong-headedly calls an air pollutant?… Read More

The Medieval Warm Period on the Northeastern Tibetan Plateau (3 Jun 2014)
According to the authors of this study, the “statement of the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change about the unprecedented nature of the current warming is unjustified”… Read More

War and Peace in China: The Roles of Drought and Sweet Potatoes (3 Jun 2014)
Atmospheric CO2 enrichment not only enhances plant growth and productivity, but it enables them to better tolerate the adverse effects of drought. And these phenomena likely contributed to a weakened ability of quidrought to foster civil unrest and, in the worst of circumstances, warfare, in historical China… Read More

Birds Evolving Tolerance to Avian Malaria in Hawai’i (4 Jun 2014)
The authors of this new study discovered and documented what they describe as the “emergence of tolerance rather than resistance to avian malaria in a recent rapidly-expanding low-elevation population of Hawai’I ‘Amakihi (Hemignathus virens) on the island of Hawai’i”… Read More

Temperatures Rising in Wheat Fields? There’s a Cultivar for That! (4 Jun 2014)
A two-decade study out of Romania provides a glimpse of the incredible genetic potential of one of man’s most important food crops to cope with one of the most important vagaries of nature… Read More

A Multi-Regional Climate Model Hindcast for Africa (4 Jun 2014)
How well does it represent recent reality? Not very — at least according to the authors of this study who note, among other shortcomings, “the systematic variations in RCM skill may indicate common weaknesses in physics parameterizations used in these models”… Read More