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Volume 6 Number 30:  23 July 2003

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

Editorial
Our Reply to a Climate-Alarmist Newspaper Editorial: Sometimes some of the stuff we read is just too false to ignore.

Supplemental Editorial Commentary
On Accepting an Award: The President of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change reflects upon the significance of an award he recently received.

Subject Index Summaries
Methane: Our review of the role played by methane within the context of the current global warming debate highlights a diverse array of pertinent phenomena and intriguing interactions.

Trees (Type - Beech): A summary of some of the recently published literature suggests that increases in the air's CO2 content will enhance photosynthetic rates and biomass production in beech trees, which are economically important forest species in many places around the globe.

Journal Reviews
The Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age in Russia and Elsewhere: What does the existence of these climatic epochs tell us about the origin of 20th century global warming?

Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment: Reducing the Deleterious Effects of Windblown Dust: The final link in one of several multi-stage phenomena that promote biospheric health via atmospheric CO2 enrichment is provided by a new study of the effects of vegetative land surface cover on dust emissions to the atmosphere.

A Millennial-Scale Climatic Oscillation in the Southern Ocean: How does it compare with the millennial-scale climatic oscillation that is defined by data from the Northern Hemisphere?

Effects of a Warming Climate on Western U.S. Sagebrush: How would an increase in temperature affect the range of western U.S. sagebrush? And how would this change in the size of the woody plant's range affect the region's ability to sequester carbon?

Effects of Elevated CO2 on Leaf Litter Quality in a Mojave Desert Ecosystem: Are they such as to enhance or impede litter decomposition and thereby serve as positive or negative feedbacks, respectively, to elevated-CO2-induced increases in ecosystem productivity and carbon sequestration?