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Volume 6 Number 20:  14 May 2003

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
Sustaining the World of Nature in the Face of Growing Human Pressures: Is it even possible?  And, if so ... How is it to be done?

Subject Index Summaries
Long-Term Studies (Woody Plants - General): What is the long-term equilibrium growth response of long-lived woody plants to atmospheric CO2 enrichment?  The only way to address this question and have any confidence in the answer is to actually conduct long-term experiments under as natural conditions as possible.

Permafrost: Is global warming melting away earth's permafrost at an accelerated and unprecedented pace, thereby releasing ever more CO2 into the air as a consequence of the decomposition of vast amounts of organic matter that were previously locked away, i.e., frozen, in both space and time?  Computer models and climate alarmists say yes.  Real-world data say no.

Current Journal Reviews
Intimations of Imminent Global Cooling: This is the third Journal Review we have published in recent weeks that describes real-world observations which suggest that the earth is about to commence a multi-decadal cooling trend.

ENSO in a Warmer World: Battle of the Models Resolved by Real-World Data: Would El Niņos become more frequent and intense in a CO2-warmed world?  Opposing models duke it out.  And the winner is ...

A 125-Year History of Black Carbon Aerosols: What does the study of this old-fashioned air pollutant suggest about the way we should be approaching the "problem" of anthropogenic CO2 emissions?

Effects of Elevated CO2 and Temperature on Transpiration in Douglas-fir Seedlings: How would long-term exposure to both elevated CO2 and elevated air temperature impact transpirational water loss from needles of Douglas-fir seedlings?

Effects of Elevated CO2 and O3 on Pine Needle Litter Decomposition: Will increasing atmospheric ozone concentrations interact with rising CO2 concentrations to affect decomposition rates of pine needles?