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Volume 7 Number 36:  8 September 2004

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

Editorial
CO2-Induced Foliar Chemistry Changes May Slow Global Warming: The Evidence from Tropical Trees: Evidence obtained from tropical trees confirms what has been learned from temperate forests.

Subject Index Summaries
Hurricanes (Atlantic Ocean - Global Warming Effect): Will hurricanes become more frequent and intense if the planet warms?  Climate alarmists routinely say they will.  Real-world data, on the other hand, tell a vastly different story which is the one reported here.

Growth Response to CO2 With Other Variables -- Nitrogen (Crops: Other): Are high levels of soil nitrogen needed to achieve the greatest CO2-induced stimulation of crop yields?

Journal Reviews
Jet Contrails: Air Traffic Climate Controllers: Do the condensation trails generated by the exhaust from high-altitude aircraft and the outward-spreading cirrus clouds they create have a significant influence on regional climate?

The Little Ice Age-to-Modern Warm Period Transition on Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada: When did it begin?  And why is this question so important?

Net Primary Production in China is on the Rise: How long has it been increasing?  How high has it risen?  What's the driving force behind the phenomenon?  This study, and our review of it, provide the answers.

Global Vegetative Productivity: Its Response to the "Twin Evils" of High Air Temperatures and CO2 Concentrations: It is a primary tenet of the radical environmental movement that continued increases in the air's CO2 content and temperature bode nothing but ill for the biosphere.  So how has the planet's terrestrial productivity fared over the latter part of the 20th century, when both of these factors have reached levels that give the world's climate alarmists great angst?

Desert Biological Soil Crusts: The tiny organisms that comprise these communities living on and beneath the surfaces of desert sands provide a host of ecosystem services that make the desert a much more habitable place for higher plants than it would be in their absence.