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Volume 8 Number 1:  5 January 2005

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

Editorial
The Impact of Variable Solar Activity on Earth's Climate: Is there a defensible "back-door" approach to establishing its existence and magnitude?

Subject Index Summaries
Precipitation (Trends - Regional: Asia): Have rainfall amounts and intensities become more extreme and variable with the supposedly unprecedented CO2-induced warming of the 20th century, as climate alarmists claim they have?  Studies from Asia weigh in on the issue.

Growth Response to CO2 with Other Variables (Non-Ozone Air Pollutants): For reasonably equivalent increases in atmospheric CO2 and non-ozone air pollutant concentrations, are plants typically harmed or helped?

Journal Reviews
A Half-Century History of Tornado-Days in Missouri, USA: How has this measure of severe weather conditions responded to what climate alarmists describe as the "unprecedented warming of the globe" over the final decades of the 20th century?

Five Hundred Years of Extreme Floods in Central Europe: Do real-world data reveal a 20th-century increase in these devastating hydrologic events in response to earth's recovery from the global chill of the Little Ice Age, as climate models suggest they should and as climate alarmists claim they actually do?

The Medieval Warm Period in Panama: We add yet another exhibit to our growing body of evidence for the truly worldwide impact of this multi-century warm period, the existence of which continues to be denied by the world's climate alarmists due to its occurring at a time when the atmosphere's CO2 concentration was approximately 100 ppm less than it is today.

CO2 Effects on Biogenic Volatile Organic Compound Releases from Onions: What are they?  And what are their implications?

Five Years of Shoot and Root Responses of a Nutrient-Poor Semi-Natural Grassland to Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment: Both above- and below-ground growth were stimulated by elevated CO2 concentrations, but the need to find nutrients to support the extra biomass production led to a long-term change in plant biomass partitioning from above- to below-ground.