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Volume 5 Number 41:  9 October 2002

Temperature Record of the Week
This issue's Temperature Record of the week is from Glenville, West Virginia. Visit our U.S. Climate Data section to plot and view these data for yourself.

Current Editorial
Climate Model Inadequacies: The breadth and depth of deficiencies of state-of-the-art climate models make their apologists more the purveyors of political persuasion and fanatical faith than exponents of objective reality.

Subject Index Summaries
Medieval Warm Period (Asia): Climate alarmists would like you to believe there never was a Medieval Warm Period, as its existence refutes their contention that the last two decades of the 20th century were (1) the warmest of the past millennium and (2) CO2-induced.  But climate history cannot be hid forever, as we begin to demonstrate with this review.

Microorganisms: A review of the recently published literature indicates that future increases in the atmospheric CO2 concentrations will likely enhance the growth and activities of soil microbial organisms, which may consequently enhance plant productivity and ecosystem carbon sequestration.

Current Journal Reviews
Temperature and Precipitation Biases Introduced by the Automation of Meteorological Data Collection: Climate alarmists frequently contend that the 20th century warming identified in data sets utilized by the IPCC is robust.  But is it?  A new study raises some nagging questions.

A 205-Year History of Mean Sea-Level Pressure From India: Climate-model predictions suggest global warming will produce more extreme and variable weather.  Real-world data from Madras, India suggest just the opposite.

Effect of Elevated CO2 on Drought Tolerance of Spring Wheat: Is it a plus?  Or is it a minus?  And is there a difference in the effect between more- and less-drought-tolerant cultivars?

CO2 Enrichment of Mungbean at Different Growth Stages: When is the best time for feeding plants more CO2?  Early in their life or later?

Effects of Climate Change and Elevated CO2 and Ozone on Potato Production in Europe: Elevated ozone concentrations generally reduce crop yields; and predicted changes in climate are often said to do the same.  Can the ongoing rise in the air's CO2 content do anything to combat this powerful onslaught against agricultural productivity?