Trophic Mismatches of Five Seabirds and Their Piscivorous Prey

Published November 21, 2012

In spite of the significant trophic mismatches that Burthe et al. discovered over the course of their research – and rather surprisingly, it might be added – they report that “to date, there is no evidence that these changes are impacting on the breeding success of any of the seabird species,” suggesting that trophic mismatches need not be as deadly as sometimes presumed… Read More

Increasing Greenhouse Gas Concentrations and Climatic Extremes (13 November 2012)
Greenhouse-gas-induced warming has not led to more frequent and/or greater extremes of either precipitation or temperature in the Greater Alpine Region, in clear refutation of the climate-alarmist claim as to what, in their view of the subject, should have been occurring… Read More

Holocene Floods of China’s Jinghe River (13 November 2012)
Yet another study reveals the fact that it is global cooling that leads to more frequent and extreme flooding, rather than the global warming climate alarmists claim is the culprit… Read More

Red Squirrel Responses to Regional Warming: Plastic or Genetic? (13 November 2012)
As written in the concluding sentence of the authors’ paper, “the combination of phenotypic changes within generations and microevolutionary changes among generations resulted in large phenotypic responses to rapid changes in environmental conditions experienced by this population of squirrels over the past ten years [italics added]”… Read More

Will Rising Seas Swamp Sydney, Australia by Century’s End? (14 November 2012)
The Australian government is promoting the idea that they will, but a new analysis concludes that the “rise of sea level in the bay of Sydney by 2100 is therefore more likely less than the 50 mm measured so far over the last 100 years, rather than the meter [1000 mm] predicted by some models,” the latter of which would appear to be the source of “inspiration” for the Australian government’s concerns… Read More

Mussels Living in Extremely Acidic Water on a Submarine Volcano (14 November 2012)
It may sound like fantasy, but its reality — life appears to have the capacity to eke out a living in places where even scientists believe that such would not be possible… Read More

Coccolithophores in the Bay of Biscay (14 November 2012)
An exemplary example of how they are confounding ocean-acidification alarmists… Read More

CO2 Effects on Micronutrients in Plants (14 November 2012)
Based on the findings of this study, it could be said that elevated CO2 tends to increase the availability of helpful trace elements in plants, while it tends to decrease the availability of harmful ones… Read More

Elevated CO2 Enhances Health-Promoting Properties of Oil Palms (20 November 2012)
Rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations do a whole lot more than merely increase plant growth rates; they dramatically increase their concentrations of human-health-promoting substances… Read More

Effects of Declining Arctic Sea Ice on Biogenic Sulfate Aerosols (20 November 2012)
An important self-regulating aspect of Earth’s climate system may well be helping to reduce the rate at which global warming had been proceeding prior to the advent of the 21st century and the enhanced northward migration of the Arctic Ocean’s marginal ice edge zone… Read More

Effects of Ocean Warming and Acidification on an Antarctic Echinoid (20 November 2012)
The sea urchins examined in this study appear well equipped to successfully deal with IPCC-predicted near-future increases in seawater temperature and acidification… Read More

The Intrinsic Water Use Efficiency of Spruce Trees in China’s Xinglong Mountains (20 November 2012)
the historical increase in the air’s CO2 content over the course of the Industrial Revolution gradually but greatly enhanced the intrinsic water use efficiency of Qinghai spruce trees in northwest China, as well as their growth rates… Read More

The Virtues (Or Not) of Alternative Energy Sources vs. Fossil Fuels (21 November 2012)
Ever more research is indicating that alternative energy sources may not be all they’ve been cracked up to be… Read More

More Evidence for a Truly Global Little Ice Age (21 November 2012)
In an attempt to rewrite Earth’s climatic history, certain scientists have long contended that the relative coldness of the Little Ice Age and the relative warmth of the Medieval Warm Period were not particularly great in extent (spatial coverage of the Earth) nor in magnitude (degree of deviation from the long-term mean), in order to make the global warming of the latter part of the 20th century appear highly unusual. However a new study by Simms et al. identifies a Little Ice Age in Antarctica that coincides in time with the Little Ice Age of the Northern Hemisphere, providing further proof of its global existence… Read More

Eighty Years of Extreme Snowfalls and Snow Depths in Switzerland (21 November 2012)
Are the long-term trends rising or falling? … or are they staying about the same? For the 25 locations examined in this study, results indicated that “none of the stations, not even the highest one at 2,500 m asl, has experienced significant increasing extreme amounts during the last 80 years”… Read More