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Volume 6 Number 37:  10 September 2003

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

Editorial
Is the Global Warming Bubble About to Burst?: More and more data are beginning to suggest that it is, and that climate alarmists' worst fears will soon be realized, i.e., they will find their most strident predictions of impending climatic doom crushed by an uncooperative reality.

Subject Index Summaries
Little Ice Age (Arctic): The Little Ice Age in the Arctic was likely the coldest period to date of the entire Holocene or current interglacial.  In some sectors of the region, in fact, temperatures and sea-ice extent appear to be still within the range of Little Ice Age climatic variability.

Biospheric Productivity (Global): Mankind has wrecked havoc on many of earth's natural ecosystems over the course of the Industrial Revolution.  However, the gaseous "refuse" of our conquest of the planet is having a powerful redemptive effect on the vitality of the globe's vegetation.

Journal Reviews
Droughts of the Central and Southern Rocky Mountains: Is there any "rhyme or reason" to their occurrence; and, if so, what is it?

Floods of the Tapi and Narmada Rivers of Central India: What can they tell us about the effects of global warming on the occurrence of extreme flood events?  Do they increase in frequency and intensity with increasing temperatures, as claimed by climate alarmists?

Tuber Yield, Evapotranspiration and Water Use Efficiency of CO2-Enriched Potato Plants: A FACE study conducted in central Italy demonstrates how the ongoing rise in the air's CO2 content can help us feed the world's growing population without consuming ever more land and water in the process, thereby leaving more of these important resources for earth's natural ecosystems.

Effects of Elevated CO2 and O3 Concentrations on the Yields of Wheat and Potatoes in Europe: The good and the bad fight it out across the continent, as the future ability of agriculture to feed humanity's growing numbers hangs in the balance.

Red Tides and Black Water: A Deadly Duo for Coral Reefs: With all the talk of global warming and coral bleaching nowadays, one could almost forget there are a large number of other major stressors of coral reef communities and that, more often than not, they are responsible for recent coral declines.