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Volume 6 Number 47:  19 November 2003

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

Editorial
A 2000-Year Temperature Record of a Big Chunk of China: Does it represent the "beginning of the end" for the Mann et al. version of earth's climatic history?

Subject Index Summaries
Greenland (Temperature History): Polar regions are typically predicted to warm much more than other parts of the planet, according to climate models of CO2-induced global warming.  So what's been happening, climate-wise, in and around Greenland over the past 100, 1000 and 10,000 years?

Deserts (Higher Plants - Basic Responses to CO2): It is impossible to accurately predict the biological impacts of global warming on earth's desert plants on the basis of projected changes in climate alone.  One must also consider the concurrent direct effects of atmospheric CO2 enrichment on photosynthesis and stomatal conductance, together with their many subsequent effects on plant growth and development.

Journal Reviews
Long-Term Discharge Rates of Major European Rivers: What do they tell us about the impact of global warming on the planet's hydrologic cycle?

In Search of Climate Stability: Are we headed in the right direction?

The Reservoir of Nitrogen Hidden Beneath Earth's Deserts: Will it someday help them blossom as the rose?

Effects of Climate Change and Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment on the Growth of Aleppo Pines in Southeast France: The effects are huge.  But don't wait up to hear about them on the evening news or late-night talk shows.  Reassuring biological discoveries just can't compete with scary claims of climatic catastrophe.

Growth Response of a Regenerating Scrub-Oak Ecosystem to Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment: This superlative long-term study of woody-plant biomass production demonstrates the great potential for the rising CO2 content of earth's atmosphere to vastly increase the growth of the planet's trees, even during years of severe drought.