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Volume 12 Number 21:  27 May 2009

Earth's Incredible Dissolving Corals: New model calculations of coral calcification suggest that when the atmosphere's CO2 concentration reaches 560 ppm, all corals will cease to grow and start to dissolve; but real-world data indicate earth's reefs may have a different opinion about the matter.

Medieval Warm Period Record of the Week
This issue's Medieval Warm Period Record of the Week comes from Duck Pond, Yangmingshan National Park, Northern Taiwan.

Subject Index Summary
Ocean Temperatures (The Past Several Millennia): The really big picture gives us a really clear view of the relative non-dependence of earth's climate on the atmosphere's CO2 concentration.

Journal Reviews
Solar Activity and Global Climate Change: How does the former affect the latter?

Southern Scandinavian Storminess: How has it responded to 20th-century global warming?

Mosquito-Borne Diseases in Australia: A review of the complexities of their transmission suggests that climate change, as currently anticipated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, "is not likely to provide great cause for public health concern."

Chinese Locust Plagues of the Past Millennium: Were they in any way related to temperature changes of the past millennium?

Carbon Sequestration in a Poplar Plantation: Atmospheric CO2 enrichment enhances forest litter buildup and soil organic matter stabilization over the long term.