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Volume 6 Number 27:  2 July 2003

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

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?: Nowhere yet.  But a new study has been construed to suggest that "one in every five species of wild flower could die out over the next century if levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere double."

Subject Index Summaries
FACE Experiments (Trees -- Sweetgum): How does the hardwood deciduous sweetgum tree respond to atmospheric CO2 enrichment?  Data from two multi-year FACE experiments reveal it fares quite well.

Little Ice Age (Antarctica): Climate alarmists would have you believe that the Little Ice Age, which followed the Medieval Warm Period and preceded the Modern Warm Period, was a but a minor climatic phenomenon localized to lands bordering on the North Atlantic Ocean.  This claim, however, is thoroughly refuted with ever increasing evidence of the Little Ice Age's presence in places as far distant from the North Atlantic as Antarctica.

Journal Reviews
Blizzards on the Canadian Prairies: As atmospheric CO2 concentrations continue to rise, climate alarmists offer up all sorts of scary scenarios about increases in extreme weather events associated with global warming.  This report, however, provides a much different perspective on the issue.

The Search for Trends in Total Solar Irradiance: Is it bearing any fruit?

Effects of Elevated CO2 and Temperature on the Growth of Scots Pine and Norway Spruce Seedlings: How do the "twin evils" of the climate-alarmist movement, i.e., rising temperatures and atmospheric CO2 concentrations, affect the growth rates of boreal tree species?

Sex-Specific Responses of Dioecious Plants to Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment: Do male and female plants respond differently to increases in the air's CO2 content?  In some ways they do; in other ways they don't.

Effects of Elevated CO2 on Woody Tissue Respiration Rates: Are the respiration rates of tree trunks and branches increased or decreased by increases in the air's CO2 content?  Although the answer to this question is important to global carbon cycling, the authors of the reviewed journal article say that very few studies have addressed this topic.