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Volume 8 Number 2:  12 January 2005

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

Editorial
Recent Arctic Temperatures: Unusual or Nothing Special?: We've heard a lot in recent months about the dramatic warming of the Arctic over the past couple of decades and all the problems it has caused.  But have the temperatures there really been as unusual (high or unprecedented) as is typically claimed by the world's climate alarmists?

Subject Index Summaries
Precipitation (Trends - Regional: Europe): 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 Europe weigh in on the issue.

Nutrients x CO2 Effects on Plants (Nitrogen - General): Do less-than-optimal supplies of soil nitrogen limit plant growth responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment?

Journal Reviews
20th-Century Surface-Air and Atlantic Core-Water Temperatures of the Arctic Ocean: Do they provide any evidence of recent "unprecedented" CO2-induced global warming?

Oyster Shells Reveal Climatic History of U.S. Atlantic Coast: How does the result compare with the IPCC-endorsed "hockeystick" temperature record of Mann et al.?

Effects of Elevated CO2 on Phytoplankton Productivity: Little attention has been focused on the impact that the ongoing rise in the air's CO2 content may have on the primary production of aquatic ecosystems.  The findings of an intriguing new study call this neglect into question.

The Impact of Elevated CO2 on the Resistance of Pencilflower to Anthracnose Disease: As the air's CO2 content continues to rise, will this important pasture legume of Australia become more or less susceptible to the devastation that is caused by periodic outbreaks of anthracnose disease?

Atmospheric CO2 and Syrian Wheat Production: How will the production of durum wheat under both irrigated and dryland conditions in Syria be impacted by the ongoing rise in the air's CO2 content, which will continue unimpeded for decades, if not longer, in spite of all the efforts of all the world's climate alarmists to reduce it?