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Volume 7 Number 48:  1 December 2004

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

Editorial
Of Grapes and Hockeysticks: Normally, a hockeystick could smash a grape to smithereens. But when they represent different views of earth's temperature history, six centuries of grape harvests can bury a hockeystick.

Subject Index Summaries
ENSO -- Relationship to Global Warming: Will global warming increase the frequency and intensity of ENSO events?  Climate alarmists say yes.  Real-world data say no.

Greening of the Earth: As the air's CO2 content rises, earth's plants assimilate ever more of that magnificent molecule and respond in a host of marvelous ways that promote vegetative productivity, which is the fundamental activity that makes possible the existence of nearly all forms of life on the planet.

Journal Reviews
Urban Heat Islands of South Korea: Their magnitudes have grown substantially in recent decades in response to similarly substantial increases in urban population.

Twenty-Nine Years of Warming in South Korea: Over the past three decades, Korea has warmed considerably, but much of that warming is more reflective of local urban influences than it is of regional background warming.

Photosynthetic Acclimation After Six Years of Free-Air CO2 Enrichment of a Loblolly Pine Forest: Has the degree of CO2-induced photosynthetic enhancement declined with time in this still-ongoing long-term study, as so many people once declared would prove to be the case for all long-lived woody species?

Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment Effects on Soil Physical Properties in No-Till Agriculture: Are they beneficial or detrimental to soil in its role as the medium in which crops are rooted and from which they extract water and nutrients?

Stroke and Heart Attack in Young Women Worldwide: The Effects of Temperature: Does monthly mean temperature play a role in the rates of hospital admissions for these two important health problems?