Category Archives: Originals

Response of Marine Plants to Changes in Temperature

By | May 30, 2014

According to the IPCC, CO2-induced global warming will be net harmful to the world’s marine species. One consequence of such harm, is a projected decline in ocean productivity. And in light of what the IPCC frequently refers to as the unprecedented modern rise in global temperature, it might reasonably be expected there should already be signs of a… Read More »

Biofuels: The Carbon Debt They Owe

By | May 21, 2014

In an article entitled “Land Clearing and the Biofuel Carbon Debt,” Fargione et al. (2008)[1] explore what happens when non-agricultural lands are cleared for the growing of biofuel crops. In addition to the destruction of precious habitat needed to support what could be called “wild nature,” this process releases large amounts of CO2 to the atmosphere due to… Read More »

Medieval Warm Period in Japan

By | May 14, 2014

The Medieval Warm Period (MWP) was a global climatic anomaly that encompassed a few centuries on either side of AD 1000, when temperatures in many parts of the world were even warmer than they are currently. The degree of warmth and associated changes in precipitation, however, sometimes varied from region to region, with the result that the MWP… Read More »

Response of Corals to Ocean Acidification

By | May 9, 2014

Over the years, a number of researchers have postulated that many of Earth’s corals are destined to die, with some species even facing extinction, because of the hypothesized connection between the ongoing rise in the air’s CO2 content and reduced rates of coral calcification (Buddemeier, 1994; Buddemeier and Fautin, 1996a,b; Gattuso et al., 1998; Buddemeier, 2001). Kleypas et… Read More »

Interactive Effects of C02 and Water Stress on the Growth of Woody Plant Species

By | May 9, 2014

It is widely acknowledged that as the CO2 content of the air continues to rise, nearly all of earth’s plants will exhibit increases in photosynthesis and biomass production; but climate alarmists periodically proclaim that future water stress will negate these benefits of atmospheric CO2 enrichment. In reviewing much of the pertinent scientific literature of the ten-year period 1983-1994,… Read More »

Biofuels: Land and Water Concerns

By | May 7, 2014

Biofuels are fuels made from organic matter. They include liquid fuels such as ethanol, biodiesel, and methanol; gaseous fuels such as methane and carbon monoxide; and solid fuels such as biochar and the more traditional charcoal. Biofuels may have some environmental advantages over gasoline and diesel fuels, but they are more expensive to produce and cannot supply more… Read More »

Medieval Warm Period in Upper North America

By | April 16, 2014

Climate alarmists claim that rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations due to the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, gas and oil, have raised global air temperatures to their highest level in the past one to two millennia. And, therefore, investigating the possibility of a period of equal global warmth within the past one to two thousand years has… Read More »

Can Plants Evolve Fast Enough to Cope with Increased Drought?

By | April 16, 2014

Evolution is generally thought of as acting over long periods of time. So is there anything it can do to help plants cope with the rapid climate changes that the IPCC predicts will be caused by the ongoing rise in the air’s CO2 content? In what follows, this question is carefully considered as it applies to the daunting… Read More »

Health Promoting Effects of Elevated C02 on Common Food Plants

By | April 16, 2014

How will the ongoing rise in the air’s CO2 content alter the amounts of various health-promoting substances found in the plants that we commonly eat? Studies of the effects of atmospheric CO2 enrichment on the quality of the different plants that comprise our diets have typically lagged far behind studies designed to assess the effects of elevated CO2… Read More »

Response of Corals to Ocean Acidification

By | April 16, 2014

It has been predicted that rates of coral calcification, as well as the photosynthetic rates of their symbiotic algae, will dramatically decline in response to what is typically referred to as an acidification of the world’s oceans, as the atmosphere’s CO2 concentration continues to rise in the years, decades, and centuries to come. As ever more pertinent evidence… Read More »