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Volume 17 Number 39:  24 September 2014

Editorial
Dying from Heat and Cold in Australia: With daily minimum temperatures rising so much faster than daily maximum temperatures all around the world, global warming - if it ever resumes after its nearly two-decade hiatus - should lead to less temperature-related mortality in most parts of the planet, as has historically been observed in Australia.?

Subject Index Summary
Forests (Growth Rates of Old vs. Young Trees): As people age, they typically slow down with respect to almost everything they do. And so do animals. But what about plants? ... especially long-lived plants such as trees? Do they have a secret we don't know about?

Journal Reviews
Modeling Daily Intense Rainfall Events over Africa: "State-of-the-art climate models still cannot realistically simulate daily intense rainfall events with high accuracy."

Modeling Caribbean Precipitation: How Well Is It Being Done?: Both CMIP3 and CMIP5 models still have some perplexing problems that need to be resolved.

Dying From Heat in New York City: Petkova et al.'s discovery that the excess mortality originally experienced at high temperatures was substantially reduced over the course of the century they studied is indicative, in their words, of "population adaptation to heat in recent decades."

The Woody Vegetation Cover of Northern Ethiopian Highlands: In spite of what climate alarmists may claim about the supposed negative environmental effects of the historical increase in the atmosphere's CO2 concentration, the 14 scientists that worked together on this most interesting project conclude that "woody vegetation cover in the northern Ethiopian highlands ... is now at its greatest extent since 1868," as - we like to say - the CO2-induced greening of the earth continues.

Oyster Reef Upward Growth Rates: Faster than a Speeding Bullet?: Not by a long shot ... but still much faster than many had long thought as intertidal reefs "should be able to keep up with any future accelerated rate of sea level rise" - such as has been speculated by most climate alarmists - "and may even benefit from the additional subaqueous space allowing extended vertical accretion."

Assessing Future Rice Yields in China: The future of rice cultivation in China looks bright indeed thanks to rising atmospheric CO2. And, expected genetic improvements in photosynthetic efficiency and flexible planting dates are likely to make things brighter still!