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Volume 5 Number 50:  11 December 2002

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

Current Editorial
What's Happening to the Climate of the Arctic?: News reports nowadays are replete with stories of supposedly unprecedented warming in the Arctic, generating speculation ranging from the imminent disappearance of much of the region's permafrost to the ultimate demise of the ice that covers the Arctic Ocean.  Is this the work of CO2-induced global warming or what?

Subject Index Summaries
Growth Response to CO2 (Flowers): Atmospheric CO2 enrichment boosts flower power.

Precipitation (Solar Influence): Could changes in solar activity be driving changes in global precipitation?

Carbon Sequestration Commentary
Global Warming: Rising Temperatures, Atlantic Hurricanes, United States Forests and Carbon Sequestration: Another Negative Feedback Phenomenon That Reduces Global Warming: The world is a complex place, with innumerable interconnected phenomena that work to maintain the planet's temperature within limits conducive to the continued existence of life.  We here describe another of these negative feedback loops that, to our knowledge, has not been identified previously.

Current Journal Reviews
Winter Precipitation Trends in Italy: 1960-1995: Were they driven by global warming?

The Warming of the Deep-Blue Sea: It's been going on for at least fifty years and has been heralded as strong evidence for anthropogenic-induced global warming. But is this interpretation correct?

Arctic Sea Ice: Has It Thinned as Dramatically as They Say It Has?: As with many other climate-alarmist claims, the demise of the ice at the top of the world appears to be greatly exaggerated.

Effects of Elevated CO2 on Fruit Expansion in Japanese Pear: You can probably guess what they were; but you may not be able to guess some of the interesting specifics associated with this particular experiment.

Effects of Elevated CO2, Drought and Soil Nitrogen on Wheat Grain Quality: Wheat is one of mankind's most important staple food crops.  Hence, it is important to know how the increasing CO2 content of the air may impact wheat grain quality under a variety of different conditions, such as was done in this study.