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Volume 6 Number 8:  19 February 2003

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

Current Editorial
Will Global Warming Shut Down the Thermohaline Circulation of the World's Oceans?: This idea is one that climate alarmists have been trying to push for some time, now, and a recent publication in Science is touted as giving them some backing for it.  When the data upon which the paper is based are even cursorily reviewed, however, they are found to provide absolutely no support for this decidedly baseless scarenario.

Subject Index Summaries
Decadal-Scale Climate Cycles (Solar Influence): Cyclical climatic variations of small period and amplitude appear to be driven by similar variations in solar activity, suggesting that cyclical climatic variations of larger period and amplitude may be driven by similarly-enhanced variations in solar activity.

Phenolics: A review of the recently published literature suggests that earth's plants will likely increase their foliar phenolic concentrations in response to ongoing and future increases in the air's CO2 concentration.

Carbon Sequestration Commentary
CO2-Enhanced Carbon Sequestration in Africa and Asia Helps the Rest of the World As Well ... and in More Ways Than One: Can you guess what they are?  The answers may surprise you.

Current Journal Reviews
Temperature Trends in Antarctica: What are they doing?  And why?

Dates of Ice Break-Up of Lakes and Rivers in Northern Europe: What can they tell us about the climate-alarmist theory of CO2-induced global warming?

A Thousand Years of Precipitation in the Southwestern USA: What can the data tell us about climate-alarmist claims of impending "mega" wet and dry periods that can cause super floods and droughts?

Among-Clone Competition in Young Aspen Trees as Influenced by Elevated CO2 and Ozone: Does competition influence the growth response of aspen trees exposed to elevated concentrations of CO2 and O3?  How will stand biodiversity be influenced by these interacting parameters?

Aphid Responses to Elevated Atmospheric Concentrations of Ozone and CO2: Gaseous oxides of sulfur and nitrogen are known to induce stress in plants, which often leads to outbreaks of aphids on them.  Less well known are aphid responses to elevated levels of ozone and CO2, which makes their description in this review paper all the more valuable.