The Greening of Asia

Published March 29, 2014

As the atmosphere’s CO2 concentration continues to rise, Earth’s terrestrial plants are photosynthesizing at ever greater rates while using water ever more efficiently, which phenomena are leading to a great Greening of the Earth that is literally transforming the planet – for the better – right before our eyes… Read More

NIPCC to Release New Volumes in Climate Change Reconsidered II Series in Washington, DC
The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) will release Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts and Climate Change Reconsidered II: Human Welfare, Energy, and Policies at a series of events in Washington, DC the week of April 7. For more information or to register for one or more of the release events, click here. To learn more about the two new volumes in the Climate Change Reconsidered II series, visit

Global Monsoon Precipitation Simulations (25 Mar 2014)
In spite of improvements in other modeling aspects that may have been made in progressing from FGOALS-s1 to FGOALS-s2, it would appear that there is still much that remains to be done before the newest version is truly ready for what could be called prime-time application…. Read More

Needing More Food, but Biting the Hand that Feeds Us (25 Mar 2014)
Why are we doing everything we can to fight against what we will surely need to survive but a few short decades from now? One of the more prudent actions to take to assure the production of sufficient food to feed our descendants (as well as many of us) a mere three and a half decades from now is to stop trying to reduce anthropogenic CO2 emissions!… Read More

Phytolith-Occluded Carbon in the Soils of China’s Forests (25 Mar 2014)
Forest management practices, including the afforestation and reforestation of bamboo, “may significantly enhance the long-term terrestrial carbon sink and contribute to mitigation of global climate warming”… Read More

Urban Heat Islands of China (26 Mar 2014)
Are they hampering our ability to correctly determine real-world regional temperature trends? According to the researchers of this study, “urban expansion may not have major impacts on the regional climate, but it may contribute to strong Urban Heat Island signals in meteorological records at the local scale, likely leading to a misinterpretation of overall warming magnitudes and even trends at the regional and global scales”… Read More

Gorgonians’ Thermal History Dictates Their Response to Warming (261 Mar 2014)
Empirical data reveal such to be true, as “populations from warmer areas had an increased tolerance to thermal stress”… Read More

The Sad State of Sub-Daily Precipitation in CMIP5 Climate Models (26 Mar 2014)
It would appear that the vast majority (all but one?) of the “latest and greatest” of the world’s host of GCMs – the CMIP5 group – still fall short of what is desired of them in the area of modelling precipitation… Read More