Tropical Fish May be Well Prepared to Cope with Global Warming

Published July 19, 2012

And they appear to be prepared to do it rapidly, as the authors of this report discovered that offspring phenotypes fully adapted to the increase in temperature within a mere two generations, which finding, in the words of the authors, “could indicate that some tropical marine species are more capable of coping with global warming than has been suggested and illustrates a potential limitation of short-term experiments in predicting the long-term impacts of climate change”… Read More

Additional New Research Reviews

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CO2 vs. Ozone: Their Effects on Chinese Pine Trees (17 July 2012)
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Effects of Rising Temperatures on the Progamic Phase of High-Mountain Plants (18 July 2012)
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The Potential for Adaptive Evolution to Enable the World’s Most Important Calcifying Organism to Cope with Ocean Acidification (18 July 2012)
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Woody Plants Invading Grasslands (18 July 2012)
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A Model Passes the Test for Tropical Cyclones (18 July 2012)
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