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Volume 5 Number 18:  1 May 2002

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

Current Editorial
Atlantic Hurricane Responses to Rising Global Temperatures: Chief U.S. Climate Alarmist Refuses to Accept the Testimony of Nature: There is nothing like real-world data to settle disputes among rational people about how the real world works.  Normally.  The times in which we currently live, however, are a bit unusual; and climate alarmists have no trouble at all in looking the other way when facts that contradict the basis for their universal prescription for world health get in their way.

Subject Index Summaries
Agriculture (Species -- Rice): Nearly all crops respond to increases in the air's CO2 content by displaying enhanced rates of photosynthesis and biomass production.  In this summary, we review some recently published responses of rice (Oryza sativa) to atmospheric CO2 enrichment.

Hurricanes (Pacific Ocean): As is found for practically every other place on earth, when the planet has warmed in the past, the frequency and intensity of hurricane-type storms have either remained the same or have decreased.  This behavior strongly contradicts the climate-alarmist claim that any global warming in the future will exacerbate these storm characteristics.

Carbon Sequestration Commentary
The Color of Carbon: Some say it's black, as in coal and oil.  Others say it's invisible, as in natural gas and atmospheric CO2.  We biological types, however, say it's green, as in the leaves and needles of earth's trees, which remove CO2 from the atmosphere and sequester its carbon in their tissues and the soils that support them.

Current Journal Reviews
Reconstructing Past Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations from Stomatal Density Measurements of Leaf Macrofossils: This biological-based technique is beginning to yield much finer-scale time resolutions of proxy-derived atmospheric CO2 histories that are providing new insights into the CO2-climate connection.  Doubly exciting is the fact that these insights are not what the world's climate alarmists want you to believe.  The truth, however, cannot be suppressed forever.

Great Basin Mammals: To further their political causes, climate alarmists frequently resort to claiming that global warming will lead to massive extinctions of both plants and animals as rising temperatures push the climatic zones to which they are currently best adapted ever upward and poleward.  Many studies are beginning to indicate, however, that such is simply not the case.

Water Level History of the U.S. Great Lakes: If the warming of the past century was truly the most dramatic of the past millennium, and if the warming of the last decades of the past century was truly unprecedented, and if global warming is supposed to lead to enhanced lake evaporation, as climate alarmists are wont to claim, the Great Lakes must be mere puddles by now.  But are they?  The authors of a comprehensive review paper tiptoe into their waters to find out.

Effects of Elevated CO2 and Ozone on Gas Exchange in Potato: Can potatoes respond positively to elevated CO2 concentrations when they are simultaneously exposed to elevated concentrations of ozone?

Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment and Soil Nitrogen Availability in the Mojave Desert: How will the ongoing rise in the air's CO2 content impact the nitrogen dynamics of desert ecosystems?