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Volume 5 Number 29:  17 July 2002

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

Current Editorial
In Defense of James Hansen's "Alternative Scenario" for Fighting Global Warming: Have we actually crawled into bed with one of the greatest global warming gurus of all time?  It's hard to spit the words out, but it's sure beginning to look that way.

Subject Index Summaries
Droughts (North America): Climate alarmists claim that global warming will result in ever-worsening drought conditions.  A good test of this claim is to see what the global warming of the past century or two has wrought in this regard.  In this mini-review of the recent pertinent literature, we thus pursue this course with respect to North America.

Evapotranspiration: Earth's plants respond to increases in the air's CO2 content in a number of different ways that impact, either directly or indirectly, evaporative water losses from soils and vegetation.  What is the bottom line with respect to the total amount of water conveyed to the atmosphere from the plants and soils of the planet's diverse terrestrial ecosystems?

Current Journal Reviews
Precipitation Trends of the Twentieth Century: They are not what the climate models have been predicting.

Extreme Weather Events in Europe During the Holocene: Contrary to the climate-alarmist claim that global warming will produce greater and more frequent weather extremes, the correlation of such events with climate change during the Holocene suggests just the opposite.

Fertilizing the Earth with CO2: Can it account for the so-called carbonaceous missing sink?

Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment Reduces Respiration in Wheat: In addition to enhancing photosynthesis, elevated CO2 reduces respiration in wheat, thereby contributing in two different ways to greater daily growth rates and biomass production.

Responses of Model Beech and Spruce Ecosystems to Elevated CO2 and Soil Quality: Can soil type influence the growth response of forest species to atmospheric CO2 enrichment?  A three-year study investigates the question.