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Volume 3 Number 28:  25 October 2000

Editorial
We Think the Scientist Doth Protest Too Much: In an Open Letter to the public, NASA's James Hansen repudiates the implications of his seminal paper that was published in the 15 August 2000 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, succumbing to the forces of political correctness that have closed their ears to the sound of truth.

Subject Index Summaries
Glacial-Interglacial Climate Cycles

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Journal Reviews
The Little Ice Age in the Caribbean: An analysis of oxygen isotopes obtained from coral skeletons located on the southwestern shore of Puerto Rico reveals sea surface temperatures there to have been at least 2 to 3C cooler than they are now during three different periods of the Little Ice Age, contradicting climate alarmist claims that the Little Ice Age was no big deal.

Siberian Cold Enhances Stroke Occurrence: In "the first truly population-based study on the relationship between stroke occurrence and weather parameters in Russia," the authors of this important paper suggest the need for stroke-preventing measures "such as avoiding low temperature."  Is this a plea for global warming?

Forests Are Reclaiming Norwegian Mountain Slopes: A study of ecosystem evolution on the mountain slopes of Norway reveals an ongoing invasion of trees that is reclaiming large tracts of land that were previously maintained free of forests over nearly 4,000 years of human influence.  This phenomenon is helping to sequester carbon and slow the rate of rise of atmospheric CO2.

Effects of Elevated CO2 on a Leaf-Sucking Mite: Female mites feeding upon CO2-enriched bean foliage produced 34 and 49% less progeny in the first and second generations of establishment, respectively, than those feeding upon ambiently-grown control leaves.

Effects of Elevated CO2 on Regrowth of a Tropical Tree: Elevated CO2 increased growth and regrowth in a common Brazilian savannah tree species before and after a simulated burning event that severely reduced standing biomass.