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Volume 6 Number 39:  24 September 2003

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

Editorial
Cosmic Rays vs. CO2: The Battle for Climate Change Primacy: As science progresses and ever more is learned about our place in the universe, the IPCC's myopic and anthropogenic-centered view of the role of atmospheric CO2 in potential climate change looks ever more untenable.

Subject Index Summaries
Little Ice Age (Europe): The Little Ice Age in Europe is evident in paleoclimatic records from all parts of the continent, just as the Little Ice Age in the rest of the world is evident in paleoclimatic records from all of the other continents.

Biospheric Productivity (Terrestrial - Regional: Eurasia): How does earth's terrestrial vegetation respond to concomitant increases in atmospheric temperature and CO2 concentration?  Historical data from Eurasia suggest it does quite well, growing ever better as both parameters have risen to ever higher levels.

Journal Reviews
Century-Scale Variability of Holocene Climate in the Gulf of Mexico: Why do we care about it?  We care, because it is important to know the nature and understand the causes of past climate changes in order to properly identify the nature and causes of current climate trends.  Indeed, a knowledge of climate history is of vast importance, for the history of things climatic repeats itself with a fidelity far greater than that of human history.

ENSO Activity Over the Past Millennium: A new fossil-coral-based study from the tropical Pacific raises serious questions about the climate-alarmist claim that global warming will intensify both the strength and frequency of El Niņo activity.

Woody Plants on the Move: A Biological Brake on Global Warming: Earth's biosphere exerts a significant influence on the planet's climate, helping to maintain surface air temperatures within hot and cold bounds that are conducive to its continued existence via a suite of negative biophysical feedback phenomena.  The research described in this Journal Review highlights one aspect of one of those processes.

Coral Bleaching Caused by Cold Temperatures: How does it differ from bleaching caused by warm temperatures?  Apparently, very little.

First Detection of Human Enteric Viruses in Coral Reefs: As man has made his planetary presence ever more prominent over the past few centuries, he has concomitantly increased the background stress level of earth's coral reefs, making them more susceptible to bleaching in response to a variety of natural phenomena that in earlier centuries were not as threatening to them.