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Volume 3 Number 19:  23 August 2000

Editorial
Baiting Segments of the U.S. Economy to Grease the Wheels for Senate Ratification of the Kyoto Protocol: By devious means the U.S. State Department seeks to convert the American public to a plan to fight imaginary global warming via a strategy aimed at reducing the air's CO2 concentration that would actually be detrimental to the biosphere, while at the same time committing the nation to a course of action that would ultimately be ruinous to its economy.

Journal Reviews
Long-Term Hurricane Records: Real-world data indicate that the relative warmth of the last half-century has dramatically reduced the incidence of major hurricanes over Bermuda, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.

In Search of Increasing Climate Variability: A study of midtropospheric temperature variability over the past four decades reveals no statistically significant trends over either the United States or the entire Northern Hemisphere, undercutting claims that CO2-induced global warming will lead to more frequent and intense weather extremes.

More Vegetation Cools the Planet: The incorporation of plant physiological effects into "lifeless" climate model predictions of global warming greatly reduces their worst-case warming scenarios and almost totally annihilates their most conservative warming predictions.

CO2 vs. Climate Change: Response of Mediterranean Vegetation: Climate changes experienced over the past century in the region about the Mediterranean Sea - increasing temperature and decreasing precipitation - are predicted by a mechanistic model of Mediterranean shrub vegetation to negatively impact the region's indigenous vegetation.  When observed concurrent changes in the air's CO2 concentration are factored into the equation, however, positive impacts are predicted; and these predictions are verified by real-world observations of seasonal and regional variations in leaf and canopy physiology, net primary productivity, leaf area index and soil water content.

Effects of Elevated CO2 and Nutrients on Secondary Metabolism in Pine: Atmospheric CO2 enrichment significantly increased needle dry weight in Scots pine while having little or no significant effects on concentrations of secondary carbon compounds, thereby indicating that needle digestibility and decomposition are not likely to change in the future as the air's CO2 content rises higher.