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November 2012 Archive of Scientific Literature Reviews

Testing Version 4 of the Community Climate System Model (6 November 2012)
Meet the new model. Same as the old model ... and finding that it still has a long way to go in order to do what its developers would like it to do... Read More
The Vectorial Capacity of Malaria Mosquitoes (6 November 2012)
New results "challenge current understanding of the effects of temperature on malaria transmission dynamics," revealing that "increases in temperature need not simply lead to increases in transmission"... Read More
The Late Medieval Warm Period at Switzerland's Seebergsee (6 November 2012)
Once again, another carefully conducted study strongly suggests that the peak warmth of the Medieval Warm Period was likely significantly greater than that of the Current Warm Period has been to date... Read More
Baltic Sea Barnacles: Preparing Themselves for the Future (6 November 2012)
The sedentary crustaceans are not merely sitting around waiting to die in the warmer and more acidified seawater the world's climate alarmists are predicting for the future. They are learning to successfully adapt to what might possibly lie ahead... Read More
Little Auks of the Arctic: Can They Handle a Big Climate Change? (7 November 2012)
Nine inquiring minds from eight different countries set out to find out, reporting that this bird species "responded to a wide range of sea surface temperatures via plasticity of their foraging behavior, allowing them to maintain their fitness levels," which finding suggests that "they are successful at dealing with the influence of current climate change in the Arctic"... Read More
A Millennial-Scale Climatic Oscillation in Southern Chile (7 November 2012)
The authors of this study report that "the palaeoenvironmental history inferred from Laguna San Pedro provides important palaeoclimatic information for this part of southern South America that is poorly represented in the palaeoclimate literature." And that information buttresses the ever-increasing likelihood that the natural climatic oscillation that has alternately brought the entire globe the Roman Warm Period, the Dark Ages Cold Period, the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age is also what has ushered us into the Current Warm Period... Read More
Geographically Central and Peripheral Populations of Tropical Rainforest Lizards (7 November 2012)
What do the thermal response characteristics of the two groups suggest about their relative abilities to cope with global warming? That "long-isolated populations in peripheral rainforests harbor genotypes that confer resilience to future warming"... Read More
Three Decades of Near-Surface and Lower-Troposphere Temperature Measurements (7 November 2012)
Differences between the two types of datasets appear to be largest over land, leading the authors of this paper to state that "there may still be some contamination because of various aspects of land surface change [such as growing urban heat islands], atmospheric aerosols and the tendency of shallow boundary layers to warm at a greater rate," which ultimately leads them to "consider the possible existence of a warm bias in the surface temperature trend analyses," a bias that climate alarmists generally refuse to ignore... 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
Trophic Mismatches of Five Seabirds and Their Piscivorous Prey (13 November 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
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
An Astronomically-Based Decadal-Scale Climate Model vs. All of the IPCC (2007) General Circulation Models of the Atmosphere (27 November 2012)
Which fares the best, when compared with real-world climate changes of the past century and a half? The results obtained in the present study "reinforce previous claims that the relevant physical mechanisms that explain the detected climatic cycles are still missing in the current GCMs"... Read More
Symbiont Shuffling in Corals: Is it Rare or Widespread? (27 November 2012)
The future of Earth's coral reefs may well be brighter than expected, as the authors of this study find that "the potential for reef corals to adapt or acclimatize to environmental change via symbiont community shifts may ... be more phylogenetically widespread than has previously been assumed"... Read More
How Sunspot Cycles Impact the Temperatures of Norway and Earth's North Atlantic Region (27 November 2012)
A significant linear relationship was found between the average air temperature in a solar cycle and the length of the previous solar cycle for 12 out of 13 weather stations in Norway and in the North Atlantic, as well as for 60 European stations and for the HadCRUT3N database. And in the case of Norway and the other European stations, the authors of this study report that "the solar contribution to the temperature variations in the period investigated is of the order 40%," while "an even higher contribution (63-72%) is found for stations at the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Svalbard," which they note is considerably "higher than the 7% attributed to the sun for the global temperature rise in AR4 (IPCC, 2007)"... Read More
Confirmed Greening of the Arctic Tundra (27 November 2012)
Newly-analyzed plot-scale data confirm the findings of prior satellite assessments of the vegetative transformation of earth's northernmost collection of landscapes over the past three decades... Read More
How Unusual Was 20th-Century Global Warming? (28 November 2012)
Climate alarmists routinely describe it as having been unprecedented. In reality, however similar 20th-century-type global warmings occurred multiple times over the course of the Holocene, and that it was significantly exceeded many more times during the glacial period that preceded it. And, of course, none of those earlier "regime changes" was associated with atmospheric CO2 concentration changes anywhere near what occurred over the 20th century... Read More
Intertidal Seastars' Responses to Ocean Warming and Acidification (28 November 2012)
Can they take the heat and the low pH values predicted for the end of the century by the IPCC? There is a good probability the answer is yes!... Read More
Holocene Temperature Histories of Northern and Southern Norway (28 November 2012)
It is obvious that there is nothing unusual, unnatural or unprecedented about present-day temperatures in both Northern and Southern Norway, in contradiction of climate-alarmist claims to the contrary regarding Earth's current climatic state... Read More
How Sensitive are Atmosphere-Ocean GCMs: Their Response to a Radiative "Push" (28 November 2012)
Olivé et al. (2012) examine short and long-term radiative forcing as it influences the global mean surface temperature, and they study a measure of sensitivity for the climate models. Using relatively short-term runs produced by coupled Atmosphere-Ocean General Circulation models, they included sudden and gradual increases in atmospheric CO2 concentration. They found that their results were consistent with those of others, but there were some large model-to-model differences.... Read More