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Volume 6 Number 38:  17 September 2003

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

Editorial
CO2, Soil Fauna, and Grassland Succession and Diversity: How does the rising atmospheric CO2 concentration impact soil fauna?  And what does the answer to this question have to do with grassland succession and ecosystem species richness?

Subject Index Summaries
Little Ice Age (North America): As we continue our regional assessment of the global extent and impact of the Little Ice Age, we focus in this installment on scientific publications we have reviewed in recent years that pertain to North America.

Biospheric Productivity (Terrestrial - Regional: North America): As the "twin evils" of the radical environmentalist movement (CO2 and temperature) have risen to what its adherents typically describe as "unprecedented" levels over the past two centuries (and especially the past two decades), earth's terrestrial vegetation would be expected to be in a world of hurt right now.  Data from North America, however, suggest just the opposite.

Journal Reviews
Slow Variations in Solar Luminosity: Can they provide the missing link between solar activity and climate change on earth?  This is the question broached in a brief review of what we know -- and don't know -- about the behavior of the sun.

The Last Thousand Years of Climate Change in Antarctica: After a millennium of cooling, why are certain people so concerned that the icy continent might begin to warm a bit?

The Little Ice Age on the Andean Altiplano: Buried in the sediments of lakes 4000 meters above sea level, evidence continues to come forth that testifies of the worldwide expression of the Little Ice Age.

Fifty Years of Forest Growth Enhancement in Europe: If the European public could only see what European forest scientists see, they would likely not be swayed by the demonstrably false view of ecological history promulgated by climate alarmists.

Biological Extraction of Methane from the Atmosphere: It provides a powerful brake on CO2-induced global warming.