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Volume 15 Number 48:  28 November 2012

Editorial
The Biofuels Mandate and U.S. Corn Prices: The unintended consequences of mandating corn ethanol usage.

Subject Index Summary
Biospheric Productivity (Asia: Other Countries): Climate alarmists are continually warning the world about potentially-catastrophic negative consequences of CO2-induced global warming, which they contend will wreck havoc with Earth's natural and agro-ecosystems. In this summary we review how vegetative productivity has fared throughout various countries in Asia outside of China over the past few decades, when air temperatures and atmospheric CO2 concentrations have risen to levels that climate alarmists claim are unprecedented over thousands (temperature) to millions (CO2 concentration) of years.

Journal Reviews
Has There Been an Increase in Multi-Day Temperature Variability in Austria in Response to 20th-Century Warming?: Not according to the title of a paper recently published in the journal Climatic Change.

The Trouble with Clouds: It's hard to reduce to a set of mathematical equations an entity that can appear out of nowhere and disappear in like manner, as clouds do; but climate modelers have to be able to do it - and do it well - if they are ever going to be able to adequately determine earth's thermal response to atmospheric CO2 enrichment.

A 370-Year History of Tropical Cyclones in the Lesser Antilles: What does it reveal about the impact - of the so-called (by climate alarmists) unprecedented warming of the Little Ice Age-to-Current Warm Period transition - on the region's yearly number and intensity of tropical depressions, storms and hurricanes?

The Tripartite Greening of Northern Quebec, Canada: 1986-2010: What happened to the province's grasses, shrubs and trees as the region warmed?

Could the Black Katy Chiton Survive a Period of Rapid Oceanic Warming?: Or would it go extinct, as climate alarmists contend will soon be the fate of many of earth's aquatic and terrestrial life forms?

CO2 Effects on Nitrogen Fixation in Soybeans: What are they? ... and how might they best be utilized in a CO2-enriched world of the future?

Medieval Warm Period Project
The latest Medieval Warm Period Record comes from Laguna San Pedro, Andean Region, Southern Chile.

Ocean Acidification Database
The latest addition of peer-reviewed data archived to our database of marine organism responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment is Calcareous Red Seaweed [Corallina officinalis]. To access the entire database, click here.