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Volume 6 Number 24:  11 June 2003

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

Editorial
Global Terrestrial Productivity in the Last Decades of the 20th Century: In a world of increasing environmental pressures produced by the expanding human population of the globe, it would seem almost a foregone conclusion that the world's plant life would be fighting a losing battle to preserve both its productivity and planetary presence.  Appearances, however, can sometimes be deceiving.

Subject Index Summaries
Health Effects of Temperature (Hot Weather): Will global warming spawn mass episodes of heat-related deaths?  Of course they will according to climate alarmists.  But when real-world data are carefully analyzed, a very different conclusion is reached.

Long-Term Studies (Woody Plants - Miscellaneous): Oak, pine and sour orange trees have been studied intensively with respect to their long-term response to atmospheric CO2 enrichment by many different scientists.  A number of other plants, however, have only been investigated once or twice in this regard.  This summary is devoted to those less-studied species.

Current Journal Reviews
Tropical Cyclone Trends: How bad have they become over the last century or more of what climate alarmists call "unprecedented" global warming?  The popular media says the trends are disastrous and their implications catastrophic.  So do many governments.  So do international insurers.  Science, however -- not the magazine, but the rational pursuit of truth -- says something quite different.

In Search of a Mechanism for the Weak Solar Forcing of Climate: How close are we getting to finding one that works?  What are we learning in the interim?

The Climate History of the Holocene as Recorded in German Stalagmites: What does it tell us about the Modern Warm Period?

CO2 Assimilation by a Wetland Sedge: Marsh plants are nothing to sneeze at when it comes to sequestering carbon.

Rice in Sri Lanka: Photosynthesis and Transpiration Responses to Elevated CO2 : It takes water to produce food.  But it need not take more water to produce more food in the future.  Scientists in Sri Lanka demonstrate how it will happen.