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Volume 7 Number 46:  17 November 2004

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

Editorial
Idaho Forest Fire-Climate Connection: A Testament to the Magnitude of the Medieval Warm Period?: A multi-millennial fire history from central Idaho, USA, seems to suggest that the Medieval Warm Period was quite a bit warmer than what the world's climate alarmists would have us believe.  So how did it ever get published?

Subject Index Summaries
Floods (Europe): Climate alarmists are always claiming we will see more and larger floods in a warmer world.  We here review some papers describing relevant studies in Europe to see if this claim has any merit.

Biodiversity (Grasslands): Will the ongoing rise in the air's CO2 content, either directly or indirectly (via a possible CO2-induced increase in air temperature), lead to a reduction in the biodiversity of earth's grasslands?

Journal Reviews
The 20th-Century Wasting of Kilimanjaro's Ice Cap: Was it caused by warming attributable to the historical increase in the air's CO2 content?

Little Ice Age Famines of Japan: Historical documents and lake sediment-core pollen analysis reveal the serious human consequences of the Little Ice Age in Japan (and other parts of the world).

Effects of Elevated CO2 on the Quantity and Quality of Strawberry Fruit: Enriching the air with CO2 almost always increases the productivity of all agricultural crops.  But what about the quality of what is produced, i.e., the flavor and aroma of the harvested food products?  Here's what's just been learned about strawberries in this regard.

CO2 Effects on Wood Density of Norway Spruce Trees: How would a doubling of the air's CO2 content impact the wood density of Norway spruce trees growing under otherwise normal conditions?

Corals Killed by Cooling: One hears a lot nowadays about coral bleaching caused by warming; but corals can also be killed by cooling.  It's happened in times past, even during the high-temperature regime of the Holocene Climatic Optimum; and it's happening today as well.