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Volume 6 Number 41:  8 October 2003

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

Editorial
The Role of Religion in the CO2 Emissions Reduction Debate: Is there a place for religion in the heated debate over what to do about the ongoing rise in the air's CO2 content?  You bet there is.  But it cannot be separated from the scientific quest for truth; nor can it be so narrowly focused as to not consider all factors pertaining to futurity and the ultimate welfare of both man and nature.

Book Review
Climate Alarmism Reconsidered: A couple of weeks ago, Robert Bradley, President of the Institute for Energy Research in Houston, Texas, and a senior research fellow at the University of Houston, contacted us regarding a new book of which he is the author -- Climate Alarmism Reconsidered.  Recognizing the topic of his book to be of potential interest to readers of CO2 Science Magazine, we reproduce here the book's Back Cover Points, Table of Contents and Introduction with Robert's permission.  We invite you to read this material and consider purchasing Robert's book, which is available from Laissez-Faire Books.

Subject Index Summaries
Little Ice Age (Regional: Asia): From the shifting snows of Siberia to the sandy shores of the Arabian and South China Seas, evidence for the occurrence of the Little Ice Age in Asia is everywhere.

Soil Water Status (Field Studies): Several field studies of the effects of atmospheric CO2 enrichment on soil water status suggest that the historical rise in the air's CO2 content should have increased the soil water contents of the world's terrestrial ecosystems; and a vast array of soil moisture data from around the globe indicates that that is precisely what has happened.

Journal Reviews
Extreme Precipitation Events in the United States: Have they followed the supposedly unprecedented warming trend of the last century or so, increasing in frequency in an equally unprecedented manner?  Or are they not much different now from what they were a hundred years ago?

Extreme Floods of Central Europe: Are they getting worse or more frequent in response to global warming CO2-induced or otherwise?

Future Wheat Production in the Midwestern United States: How will it fare if the world warms as climate alarmists predict it will?

Stomatal Frequency Responses of Conifer Needles to Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment: How do they compare with those of woody angiosperm leaves?

Direct Biological Effects of Elevated CO2 on Coral Reefs: A study of CO2 effects on macroalgae seeks to determine if the ongoing rise in the air's CO2 content will tip the scales in favor of macroalgae over corals in the struggle for reef dominance in the years ahead.