25 New Papers Confirm A Remarkably Stable Modern Climate: Fewer Intense Storms, Hurricanes, Droughts, Floods, Fires…

By Kenneth Richard It has by now become common practice for just about any and every unusual weather occurrence, extreme temperature anomaly,  or seismic event to be somehow, someway linked to the human practice of using energy derived from fossil fuels.   No hurricane, flood, drought, storm, wildfire … is spared from potential anthropogenic implication. Last week, 

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CO2-Enrichment Boosts the Growth and Water Use Efficiency of Two Tomato Cultivars

Paper Reviewed Pazzagli, P.T., Weiner, J. and Liu, F. 2016. Effects of CO2 elevation and irrigation regimes on leaf gas exchange, plant water relations, and water use efficiency of two tomato cultivars. Agricultural Water Management 169: 26-33. Model projections suggest that mid-latitude regions could experience a higher frequency of seasonal drought as a result of 

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Molecular signature shows plant adapting to increasing CO2

Plants are adapting to increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide according to a new study from the University of Southampton The research, published in the journal Global Change Biology, provides insight into the long-term impacts of rising CO2 and the implications for global food security and nature conservation. Lead author Professor Gail Taylor, from Biological Sciences at the University 

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Woody encroachment over 70 years in South African savannahs: overgrazing, global change or extinction aftershock?

By Nicola Stevens, B. F. N. Erasmus, S. Archibald, W. J. Bond Woody encroachment in ‘open’ biomes like grasslands and savannahs is occurring globally. Both local and global drivers, including elevated CO2, have been implicated in these increases. The relative importance of different processes is unresolved as there are few multi-site, multi-land-use evaluations of woody 

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