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Volume 7 Number 8:  25 February 2004

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

Rising Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations: Will They Destroy Earth's Coral Reefs?: A number of climate alarmists are shouting yes!  Real-world data, on the other hand, are whispering no.

Subject Index Summaries
Climate Oscillations (Millennial Variability - Oceans): Buried in the mud and ooze at the bottom of the planet's oceans lie more treasures than gold or silver; for there resides much of the evidence that will someday turn back the tide of radical environmentalism that defines the anti-CO2 movement of the world's climate alarmists.

Agriculture (Species -- Wheat: Biomass): Atmospheric CO2 enrichment typically stimulates the biomass production of most plants.  Does it do the same for wheat?

Journal Reviews
Will CO2-Induced Global Warming Slow the Atlantic Branch of the Ocean's Thermohaline Circulation?: Climate models that form the basis for the IPCC's world view of future climate suggest it will.  Newer models, however, suggest otherwise.

The Role of the Sun in Holocene Climate Change: Evidence continues to accumulate for (1) the solar forcing of climate change during the Holocene, and (2) the global extent of the climatic variability of that period.

Australia's Great Barrier Reef: Resurrecting Itself, Again and Again and Again: Can a mature coral reef, once totally destroyed, ever regain its close-to-original composition?

Will Less-Than-Adequate Nitrogen Keep Earth's Ecosystems from Positively Responding to Increases in Atmospheric CO2?: Some scientists have said that it will.  Real-world data, on the other hand, have yet to support their contentions.

Digestibility of Pasture Forage Is Enhanced by Elevated CO2: A number of co-occurring phenomena combine to produce the pleasantly-surprising result.