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Volume 7 Number 52:  29 December 2004

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

Editorial
The New Climate-Alarmist Wisdom: Both Heat and Cold May Kill Corals in a CO2-Warmed World: If it seems that climate alarmists are blaming just about every conceivable weather-related disaster on global warming nowadays, you're right.  And in the case of coral bleaching, it's a real eye-opener: not only do global warming-induced high temperatures lead to coral bleaching, in their view, so do global warming-induced low temperatures.  What an enviable position from which to promote one's cause: whatever happens, you win.

Subject Index Summaries
Hurricanes (Pacific Ocean): How much more frequent and powerful have they become, now that the earth has recovered from the global chill of the Little Ice Age?

FACE Experiments (Desert Species): What have we learned by way of Free-Air CO2 Enrichment (FACE) technology about the likely responses of desert plants to the ongoing rise in the air's CO2 content?

Journal Reviews
Yearly and Decadal Moisture Extremes of Northeastern Utah, USA: Have they become any greater over the Little Ice Age-to-Modern Warm Period transition?

The Millennial-Scale Oscillation of Climate in Inner Mongolia: What does it indicate?  And how is it related to similar observations from other parts of the world?

Impact of Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment on Photosynthesis in a Closed-Canopy Sweetgum Forest: Does it decline over time as trees mature, as many people once suggested it would?

How Elevated CO2 Affects Beetles Feeding on Their Favorite Foliage: In a CO2-enriched and possibly warmer world of the future, will beetles eat as well as they do now?

Methane Emissions from Peatlands in a Warmer World: Will they be increased or decreased?  Or will they be little changed in either direction?  Theory and experiment provide similar answers to this important question.