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Volume 8 Number 22:  1 June 2005

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

Editorial
The Future of the West Antarctic and Greenland Ice Sheets: Do we know enough about them to predict their responses to global warming with any confidence?  And what does the answer to this question imply about global energy policy?

Subject Index Summaries
Dark Ages Cold Period (Europe): The climatic conditions of the multi-century interval of time that separated and helped define the Roman and Medieval Warm Periods presented many challenges to the human societies of Europe.

Transpiration (Herbaceous Plants: Crops): How will the rising CO2 content of earth's atmosphere affect evaporative water losses from C3 and C4 crops in the years and decades ahead?  And how will the results impact agricultural productivity and water requirements?

Journal Reviews
Is Sea Level Rise Accelerating?: The question is simple.  Finding the answer is another matter.

A Multi-Proxy Approach to Peat-Based Climate Reconstruction: A melding of analytical results of different components of a core extracted from a raised bog in Scotland provide an important perspective on the climate of the past two millennia.

Desertification in China: 1982-1999: How much did it accelerate during the time climate alarmists claim temperatures climbed higher than at any other time during the past two millennia, in a warming many of them say should be more feared than global terrorism and nuclear warfare?

The Effect of Long-Term Warming on Three Types of High-Arctic Tundra: How does it vary among dry, mesic and wet sites, and what is the overall result?

A Half-Century History of Chlorophyll in the Northeast Atlantic: What does it reveal about the health of the open ocean over the period of time when the "twin evils" of atmospheric CO2 concentration and temperature are claimed by climate alarmists to have risen at unprecedented rates.