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Volume 6 Number 48:  26 November 2003

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

Editorial
A 2000-Year Record of a Second "Big Chunk of China": This follow-on to our first "big chunk of China" editorial (19 Nov 2003) produces even more nails to drive into the coffin of the climate-alarmist claim that temperatures of the latter part of the 20th century were unprecedented over approximately the last 2000 years.

Subject Index Summaries
Rapid Climate Change (Biological Systems): If it ever were to occur, would earth's plants and animals be able to cope with the type of rapid climate change that climate alarmists are forever claiming could result from continued increases in the air's CO2 content?

Deserts (Higher Plants -- Stress Reduction by CO2): Environmental stresses are everywhere: high temperatures, low temperatures, too much water, too little water, insufficient nutrients and so forth.  Fortunately, the ongoing rise in the air's CO2 content helps desert vegetation to better cope with these life-threatening challenges.

Journal Reviews
Extreme Weather Events and Global Warming: A respected Canadian scientist chides the World Meteorological Organization for saying extreme weather events are increasing in tandem with global warming.

Water Level History of the U.S. Great Lake Michigan-Huron System: Does it support the doom-and-gloom scenario that is broadcast to the world by climate alarmists?

Interannual Fluctuations of the Air's CO2 Concentration: What causes them?  And why do we care?

The Effect of Elevated CO2 on Methane Emissions from Rice: Do higher atmospheric CO2 concentrations increase or decrease CH4 emissions from paddy rice?  The search for a definitive answer continues.

Do Environmental Stresses Affect Plant Responses to Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment?: If scientists are debating the issue, which is readily resolved by experiment, any differences cannot be too large.  Or can they be?  And in what direction?