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Volume 16 Number 26:  19 June 2013

Mr. President, it's NOT "Carbon Pollution," it's the "Elixir of Life!": On June 25th, President Obama unveiled his plan to reduce what he refers to as "carbon pollution" -- the emission of gaseous carbon dioxide into the air that primarily results from the burning of fossil fuels. In discussing the rationale for his plan, the President claims that carbon dioxide, or CO2, "causes climate change and threatens public health" and that "cutting carbon pollution will help keep our air and water clean and protect our kids." Unfortunately, President Obama's statements could not be further from the truth. Far from being a "pollutant," carbon dioxide is the Elixir of Life.

Subject Index Summary
Medieval Warm Period (Asia: Russia): Climate alarmists have long claimed that the Medieval Warm Period was never a truly global phenomenon, because of the fact that it challenges another of their claims, i.e., that late 20th-century temperatures were the warmest of the past millennium or more. Hence, it is instructive to see what has been discovered about this subject in different parts of the world; and in this summary the focus is on Russia.

Journal Reviews
Climate Models: Still Struggling to "Get It Right": Another analysis of another set of models provides yet another list of unwanted deficiencies.

PMIP2 Characterizations of the Mid-Holocene African Monsoon: How good are they? ... and (anticipating the answer) what needs to be done about it?

Hot-Water Climate-Change Refugia for Corals?: What's going on here???

Cold Weather vs. Warm Weather: Which Kills More People?: The story out of Portugal.

Grassland Responses to Climate Change Induced Drought: Are they positive or negative?

The Near-Death Experience of South Andaman Island Corals: They apparently have what it takes to survive a horrible case of bleaching.

Medieval Warm Period Project
The latest Medieval Warm Period Record comes from the West Greenland Current, Off the West Coast of Greenland.

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