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Friday, October 25, 2013

New Material Posted on the NIPCC Web site

Larval & Post-Larval Responses of Pacific Oysters to Elevated CO2 (22 Oct 2013)
In spite of the potential for ocean acidification to pose serious threats and challenges to the pacific oyster, the authors of this study conclude that larval and post-larval forms of the oyster are probably resistant to elevated CO2 and decreased near-future pH scenarios... Read More

The Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP): Phase 3 vs. Phase 5 (22 Oct 2013)
Results of the comparison show the models still have a way to go when it comes to properly projecting how Earth’s climate and weather may behave in the future, as the air’s CO2 content continues to rise...
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Rising Night-Time Temperatures: Boon or Bane of Pioneer Tropical Trees? (22 Oct 2013)
In going from the coldest to the warmest night-time temperature treatment, total tree biomass accumulation rose from a mean of 0.85 g per seedling to a mean of 2.23 g per seedling in F. insipida; while in O. pyramidale, corresponding biomass accumulation values were 1.21 g and 2.65 g. And these enhancements in growth rates in response to rising night-time temperatures even occurred in spite of warming-induced increases in leaf-level dark respiration rates!...
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A 1500-Year History of Northern Hemisphere Monsoon Activity (22 Oct 2013)
What does it tell us about the past? ... and what does it suggest about the future? According to the authors of this study, their analysis suggests that Northern Hemisphere monsoon megadroughts over the past 1.5 millennia are associated with cold Northern Hemisphere temperatures and sea surface temperatures and intervals of low solar irradiance, whereas pluvials are associated with the opposite patterns, which would seem to suggest that if solar activity were to begin to decline sometime in the near future, humanity might very well - and quickly - find itself in a world of hurt due, ironically, to global cooling...
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Remediation of Heavy-Metal-Contaminated Soil by a CAM Plant (23 Oct 2013)
Results of this study show that elevated CO2 can be developed as a potential useful phytoremediation tool to clean up soils contaminated with heavy metals by enhancing the hyper-accumulation of metal...
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The True Status of Earth’s Sinking Islands (23 Oct 2013)
The late 20th-/early 21st-century increase in groundwater depletion has likely been responsible for a good deal of the simultaneous increase in the rate of mean global sea level rise over that period...
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Childhood Diarrhea: What’s Diurnal Temperature Range Got to Do with It? (23 Oct 2013)
The larger the diurnal temperature range, the more cases of emergency department admissions for diarrhea among children under five years in Brisbane, Australia. The good news is that the diurnal temperature range has been decreasing in recent decades...
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