Would Sea Anemones Survive in a High-CO2 World of the Future?

Published March 14, 2013

According to the results of this research study, not only would they survive, they would likely thrive!… Read More

Life in the Turbid Zone: Can Corals Cope with Conditions Long Thought to be Deadly to Them? (12 Mar 2013)
A number of them can. There are, in point of fact, species of coral that are adapted to a vast array of disparate coastal environments, analogous to the homily that what is one person’s trash is another person’s treasure… Read More

Mediterranean Precipitation Simulated by CMIP5 Climate Models (12 Mar 2013)
How good a job do they do? Only good enough to warrant the description of a “modest” improvement over CMIP3 models, reinforcing “the need for further research and better understanding of the mechanisms driving the region’s hydroclimate” according to the authors of this study… Read More

Global Mean Sea Level: Is It Accelerating? … Or Is It Not? (12 Mar 2013)
What’s the latest word on the subject? According to Chambers et al., “although several studies have suggested the recent change in trends of global (e.g., Merrifield et al., 2009) or regional (e.g., Sallenger et al., 2012) sea level rise reflects an acceleration, this must be re-examined in light of a possible 60-year oscillation”… Read More

Recent Warming of the Antarctic Peninsula (13 Mar 2013)
Has it truly been unprecedented over the past millennium or more, as climate alarmists typically contend? Not according to the authors of this recent study, who find that although it is highly unusual, it is “not outside the bounds of natural variability in the pre-anthropogenic era… Read More

Calcification in Ancient and Modern Coccolithophores (13 Mar 2013)
How have things changed over time? Among other findings, and “most strikingly,” in the words of the authors of this study, “it appears that modern Coccolithus populations in the Southern Ocean are, on average, more heavily calcified than their fossil counterparts,” which nearly all would agree is a positive finding… Read More

Seagrasses Enable Nearby Corals to Withstand Ocean Acidification (13 Mar 2013)
Inshore reef habitats are, in the words of the researchers who conducted this study, “potential acidification refugia that are defined not only in a spatial sense, but also in time, coinciding with seasonal productivity dynamics,” which further implies that “coral reefs located within or immediately downstream of seagrass beds may find refuge from ocean acidification”… Read More

No Change in Global Drought in the Past 60 Years (13 Mar 2013)
The results of this study appear to contradict the IPCC assessment that mid-continental droughts will be exacerbated in future due to global warming… Read More