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Volume 7 Number 33:  18 August 2004

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

The Symbiont Shuffle: Upon entering the Modern Warm Period, earth's corals have begun to dance to a radically different tune than that which was popular in prior decades and centuries; and that new tune is requiring, and causing, a significant realignment of the corals' symbiotic algal partners.

Subject Index Summaries
Antarctica (Sea Ice): Is the sea ice of the Southern Ocean gradually disappearing in response to the supposedly unprecedented global warming of the past quarter-century?

Biodiversity (C3 vs. C4 Plants: As the air's CO2 content continues to rise, will C3 plants out-compete C4 plants, leading to their exclusion from certain of earth's ecosystems and a reduction in species richness?

Journal Reviews
A Twentieth-Century History of North Atlantic Hurricanes: Have they become more frequent as the globe has warmed in completing its recovery from the Little Ice Age?

The Medieval Warm Period on Russia's Kola Peninsula: Just how warm was it?  And what do the results suggest about the infamous hockeystick temperature history that is used by climate alarmists to promulgate their rapidly fading claim that the world is currently warmer than it has been over the past two millennia?

The Urban CO2 Dome of Krakow, Poland: Diurnal sets of data obtained at different times of the year reveal the urban CO2 dome of Krakow, Poland to be similar in nature and origin to the CO2 domes of several other cities of the world.

Effects of Elevated CO2 on Plant Nutritional Quality and Subsequent Herbivory by Grasshoppers: Do CO2-induced decreases in the protein contents of C3 grasses lead to greater foliage consumption by grasshoppers that feed on them?

The Response of Earth's Biosphere to Atmospheric CO2 and Temperature Trends: 1981-2000: With the "twin evils" of the climate-alarmist crowd rising to "unprecedented" levels over the last two decades of the 20th century, one would expect the biosphere to be truly "feeling the heat," i.e., suffering.  Is it?