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Volume 16 Number 32:  7 August 2013

Reducing the Negative Effects of Climate Change on Coral Reefs: Do local efforts have a role to play?

Subject Index Summary
Growth Response to CO2 with Other Variables (Temperature: Grassland Species): As the air's CO2 content continues to rise, most plants will exhibit increased rates of photosynthesis and biomass production, including those of various grassland ecosystems. This increase in productivity should increase the amount of forage available for grazing animals and possibly reduce the land area occupied by bare soil in certain environments. However, some individuals predict that global warming will negate the growth-promoting effects of atmospheric CO2 enrichment and actually cause just the opposite to occur. This summary therefore seeks to resolve this controversy by reviewing the results of experimental studies of the photosynthetic and growth responses of various grassland plants to atmospheric CO2 enrichment when exposed to higher-than normal-temperatures.

Journal Reviews
Deep Cyclones Over Central Europe: Increasing or Decreasing?: Or staying about the same?

Last Millennium Climate Simulations Still Falling Short of Reality: A recent report identifies numerous current model failures.

Global Climate Model Simulations of Southern South America: How well do they replicate prior real-world observations?

To the Brink of Extinction ... and Back!: The corals of Australia's Scott Reef show how it's done.

Childhood Asthma: How Is It Impacted by Global Warming?: A new study from Australia enlightens us on the issue.

Breeding Cultivars of Rice for a CO2-Enriched and Warmer World: How much difference can it make? The significance of the choice may surprise you.