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Volume 7 Number 39:  29 September 2004

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

Editorial
Coral Reef Decline: One Must Understand Its Cause To Properly Treat the Problem: Could all the attention that is currently being focused on high-temperature-induced coral bleaching actually be detrimental to the survival of earth's coral reefs?

Subject Index Summaries
Temperature (Trends - Regional: Europe, Mediterranean) : What do the temperature histories of various parts of Europe (and Africa and Asia) that border the Mediterranean Sea reveal about the nature of post-Little Ice Age warming, particularly as it pertains to the theory of CO2-induced global warming?

Wood Density: How is it affected by rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations?

Journal Reviews
Arctic Sea-Ice Thickness: A Harbinger of Global Warming?: Arctic sea-ice thickness has been claimed by some to have decreased dramatically during the 1990s in response to CO2-induced global warming.  Are they right on both counts?  One count?  Neither count?

A 775-Year Temperature History from the Western Himalayas: The authors of the paper upon which this Journal Review is based ask in its title: "Do the western Himalayas defy global warming?"  Their data provide the answer.

The Past Two-Plus Centuries of Climate Change in Northern and Central Europe: Just how much did temperatures rise over the last halves of these records, when climate alarmists claim the earth experienced a global warming that was unprecedented over perhaps the past two millennia?

Corals Adapt to Bleaching: Rather than totally succumbing to successive episodes of high-temperature-induced bleaching, earth's corals may well become more tolerant of periodic temperature spikes and thereby adapt to global warming, if such is truly occurring and continues to occur.

Long-Term Photosynthetic Acclimation in Sour Orange Trees: In many atmospheric CO2 enrichment studies, the initial increase in net photosynthesis provided by the extra CO2 declines over time, sometimes slowly and sometimes more rapidly, especially if soil nitrogen supply is low.  So what happens over very long times with trees when nitrogen supply is not limiting?