Storms of the Past Century over the Southern Great Barrier Reef

Published January 11, 2013

The authors of this study report that “coral reefs in the southern Great Barrier Reef are frequently influenced by periods of high storm activity,” and that the reefs in that part of the world “show strong resilience to natural disturbances over the past century,” indicative of the fact that the continued existence of that region’s corals is not nearly as tenuous as many climate alarmists have made it out to be… Read More

Maintaining Australian Pasture Production in a Warming World (8 Jan 2013)
How much heat could the country’s farmers successfully handle? Cullen et al. conclude that for south-eastern Australia, “annual pasture production is resistant to climatic changes of up to 2°C warming,” thanks to the collective wisdom of farmers who have learned from experience how to successfully cope with various degrees of temperature and precipitation change, as well as scientists who have studied the subject in considerable detail… Read More

Six Millennia of North Atlantic Temperatures at Reykjanes Ridge (8 Jan 2013)
Climate change is real, just like Al Gore, James Hansen and the world’s other climate alarmists vehemently contend. In fact, it’s the norm. And in the most recent manifestation of this change, Earth’s climate has shifted over the past century or so from the coldest period of the current interglacial to a significantly warmer state, but one that may still not have achieved the level of warmth characteristic of the prior Medieval Warm Period or the earlier Roman Warm Period… Read More

How Corals Succumb to Sedimentation (8 Jan 2013)
Weber et al. conclude that “the organic enrichment of coastal sediments is a key process in the degradation of coral reefs exposed to terrestrial runoff.” And we suggest that striving to mitigate this problem, as well as a number of other localized assaults on reef environments will prove far more effective than focusing on the more nebulous and tenuous global concern of anthropogenic CO2 emissions… Read More

Expanding the Biosphere’s Limits to Growth (9 Jan 2013)
Is a doubling of food production a mere 38 years from now realistic? Agriculture already consumes 38% of the world’s land surface and some are concerned that freshwater use for irrigation has reached a planetary limit… Read More

Effects of Elevated CO2 on Freshwater Cyanobacteria (9 Jan 2013)
Do freshwater species fare as well as marine species? Based on the results of this study it would appear the answer is yes, as continued increases in the air’s CO2 content should significantly enhance the wellbeing of various species of phytoplankton… Read More

A Novel Proxy for Continental Mean Annual Air Temperature (9 Jan 2013)
What has its application to a small Alpine lake in Switzerland revealed? As has been observed now so many times before, that there is nothing unusual, unnatural or unprecedented about Earth’s current climate! And, therefore, there is no need to invoke anthropogenic-induced increases in the air’s CO2 content as the cause of the planet’s current level of non-unique warmth… Read More