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Volume 5 Number 52:  25 December 2002

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

Current Editorial
Debunking Modern Climate Myths: It's not really all that difficult a chore, as is amply illustrated by a recent review of a host of fabulous fictions that have been foisted upon the world by wrong-headed climate alarmists.

Subject Index Summaries
Acclimation (Tree Species): A review of the scientific literature indicates that elevated CO2 can induce photosynthetic acclimation in tree species in response to insufficient sink strength, which results in an accumulation of carbohydrates within source leaves triggering the phenomenon.

Millennial-Scale Climate Cycles (Solar Influence): Are variations in solar activity responsible for the millennial-scale oscillation of earth's climate that produced the Little Ice Age and the smaller centennial-scale climatic oscillations embedded within that coldest period of the past millennium?

Carbon Sequestration Commentary
The Bright Side of Soil Erosion: Soil erosion has long been looked upon as something to be prevented at almost all costs.  Now, however, new research reveals that - in moderate amounts, at least - this nemesis of the past may have a significant redeeming quality.

Current Journal Reviews
Impacts of Warming on Respiratory and Cardiovascular Deaths: Will the warming of the globe that is predicted to result from anthropogenic CO2 emissions end up killing people right and left?  Climate alarmists would have you believe so, but in promulgating that philosophy, they propagate a massive falsehood.

Do Changes in the Sun's Brightness Affect Earth's Climate?: This comprehensive look at several different measures of variable solar activity spanning all or parts of the past two millennia suggests that they do.

The Holocene Climate of the Antarctic Peninsula: What can it tell us about the state of the world today?

Photosynthetic Acclimation to Elevated CO2 at the Whole-Plant Level: A review of the literature reveals how long-term photosynthetic responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment affect overall biomass production.

Evapotranspiration from Wheat Fields in a CO2-Enriched World: Will increasing levels of atmospheric CO2 alter evapotranspiration from wheat fields?  Will the response be larger or smaller in the face of insufficient soil nitrogen?  What can farmers realistically expect?