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Volume 7 Number 23:  9 June 2004

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

Editorial
"It's Never Too Late" to "Live Long and Prosper": Taking a cue from demographic science and Star Trek's Mr. Spock, we explore some interesting similarities between plant and animal lifespan extension.

Subject Index Summaries
Droughts (North America: Canada): Climate alarmists warn of all sorts of weather disasters, including droughts, as the earth recovers from the debilitating chill of the Little Ice Age and assumes the temperature mantle of the Modern Warm Period.  Does history vindicate them?  We here explore this question across the broad Canadian heartland of the Prairie Provinces.

Biodiversity (Weeds vs. Non-Weeds): Climate alarmists typically claim that future increases in the air's CO2 content will increase the presence of weeds and the problems associated with them in both agricultural and natural ecosystems.  After reviewing some of the relevant literature in this area, however, we come to a much different conclusion.

Journal Reviews
East Asia and North Atlantic Climates of the Past Two Millennia: What Links Them?: The sun, of course.

The Industrial-Region Heat Island Effect: A permutation of the well-known urban heat island effect could well be responsible for the bulk of the "unprecedented" global warming of the past quarter-century.

Deaths Due to Heat and Cold in US Cities: Which are greater?  And what do the results portend for likely changes in annual mortality in response to potential future warming?

Native vs. Nonnative Invasive Plants in a CO2-Accreting Atmosphere: Will either group enhance its productivity at the expense of the other?

Photosynthetic Recovery of Beans Following Chillling: How is it affected by atmospheric CO2 enrichment?