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Volume 7 Number 51:  22 December 2004

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

Editorial
Impacts of Aerosols on Ecosystem Productivity: An important new study has provided massive real-world evidence for the existence and significant magnitude of a long-unrecognized phenomenon whereby earth's woody plants greatly magnify the growth-promoting influence of the aerial fertilization effect of atmospheric CO2 enrichment.

Subject Index Summaries
Weather Extremes (Temperature): As mean air temperature rises, climate alarmists say we can expect more and greater weather extremes, including extremes of temperature itself.  Are they correct?

FACE Experiments (Agricultural Species: Wheat): What do they tell us about the ability of this vital crop to sustain the expanding human population of the globe in the years and decades ahead?

Journal Reviews
Arctic Ocean Sea-Ice Coverage: Is it wasting away as rapidly as climate alarmists say it is?

Glacial Behavior in New Zealand: What does it tell us about the Little Ice Age?  And why are climate alarmists loath to acknowledge the facts of this matter?

Holocene Climate Variability: What has it been like, and what has been the likely cause of it?

Ozone Destruction by BVOCs: New findings suggest that the ozone-destroying power of Biogenically-emitted Volatile Organic Compounds may be much larger than what has been believed in the past, with positive implications for the ongoing rise in the air's CO2 content and the health of the biosphere.

Effect of Elevated CO2 on Rhizodeposition in a Semiarid Grassland: How does it compare with the effects of atmospheric CO2 enrichment on above- and below-ground biomass production?  And what do the results imply about the prospects for enhanced soil carbon sequestration by such ecosystems in a high-CO2 world of the future?