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Volume 6 Number 44:  29 October 2003

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

Editorial
The Role of Models in the CO2 Emissions Reduction Debate: Mathematical computer-driven models of climate change and their predictions of catastrophic global warming have become the primary justification for laws and regulations designed to totally restructure the way the world does business and people live their lives, striking at the heart of individual and national liberties the world over.  They are, however, woefully inadequate to do what their creators and political cohorts desire the populace of the planet to believe they can do, but both groups refuse to acknowledge that obvious fact.

Subject Index Summaries
Sea Level (The Role of Greenland): Is there any evidence that CO2-induced increases in temperature will result in the melting of enough Greenland ice to significantly impact global sea level?

Decomposition (Woody Plants: Deciduous Trees): How does the ongoing rise in the air's CO2 content affect the decomposition rate of litter produced by deciduous trees?  And how does the result impact the theory of CO2-induced global warming?

Journal Reviews
Trends in Arctic and Antarctic Sea Ice Extent: How are they progressing?  And what can they tell us about what climate alarmists call the unprecedented global warming of the latter part of the 20th century?

Climate and Landslides in the Swiss Alps: Does more debris come tumbling down the slopes in cold wet periods or warm dry periods?  And what about natural history?  Does it repeat itself like human history?

Ticked Off by Rising Temperatures: Certain species of ticks that serve as vectors of livestock pathogens in South Africa can't seem to take the heat of global warming.  What?  Can something good actually come of rising temperatures?

Response of a Nutrient-Poor Low-Productivity Calcareous Grassland to Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment: Can rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations do anything good for grasslands that are low in soil nutrients, or do the negative implications of that strongly-limiting factor preclude a positive response?

CO2 Effects on Condensed Tannins in Leaves of Three Deciduous Tree Species: What are they?  And why do we care?