Woody Plant Encroachment on the USA’s Southwestern Desert

Published August 13, 2014

The historical increase in the air’s CO2 content has been fostering a great greening of previously not-so-green portions of the Earth… Read More

A 3,000-Year Record of Solar Activity (12 Aug 2014)
How unique is the modern Grand maximum which occurred during solar cycles 19-23, i.e., 1950-2009? According to the authors of this study it was “a rare or even unique event, in both magnitude and duration, in the past three millennia”… Read More

The Likely Fate of Sea Stars in an Acidifying and Warming Ocean (12 Aug 2014)
It appears they and other stress tolerant intertidal species have pre-adaptive traits that “will convey resilience to near-future ocean change.” Such findings are in stark contrast to the scary predictions offered up by climate alarmists about so-called “ocean acidification”… Read More

CMIP5 Climate Model Biases (12 Aug 2014)
The world’s climate modelers still have a long and winding road to travel, in order to get to the point where they, or anyone else, can place any real confidence in their “simulations, predictions and projections”… Read More

Could Earth’s Coral Reefs Adapt to Any Future Global Warming? (13 Aug 2014)
A new study suggests they probably will, as experimental analysis of corals shows “both short-term acclimatory and longer-term adaptive acquisition of climate resistance” that allows them to inhabit reef areas with water temperatures “far above their expected tolerances”… Read More

Antarctic Sea Ice Trends of the Southern Ocean (13 Aug 2014)
Do they pose a problem for CMIP5 climate models? Yes, the models “overestimate the strength of externally-forced [i.e., anthropogenic] relative to internal climate system variability, therefore implying more limited predictability not only on regional but also hemispheric scales,” which conclusion is confirmed by the work of present study… Read More

The Climate Envelope Concept Is Not Applicable to the Real World (13 Aug 2014)
The simplistic concept is simply too simplistic, as the present study “adds to growing empirical evidence that physiological traits that determine a species’ sensitivity to environmental stress vary in a complex manner across its distributional range”… Read More