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Volume 7 Number 1:  7 January 2004

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

Editorial
An Alternative Analysis to That of the IPCC: As the services of scientists around the world are beginning to be sought for producing the next major report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we offer those scientists an alternative: join with us in an enterprise that will produce a publication that reveals the true state of climate science and what we can realistically expect in the way of future climate change and concomitant biological responses to the ongoing rise in the air's CO2 content.

Subject Index Summaries
Little Ice Age (South America): Climate alarmists pushing for restrictions on anthropogenic CO2 emissions want us to believe that the Little Ice Age and Medieval Warm Period were minor phenomena restricted to lands surrounding the North Atlantic Ocean.  If this were true, why do reports of these several-hundred-year-long climatic excursions continue to pour in from Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Venezuela?  And why does the evidence suggest they were solar-induced?

Roots (Trees -- Deciduous): Studying the aboveground responses of earth's plants to atmospheric CO2 enrichment provides only half a picture of what increasing concentrations of this wonderful trace gas can do for the biosphere.  Hence, we here review what the ongoing rise in the air's CO2 content may be doing to enhance the robustness and productivity of the planet's deciduous trees beneath the surface of the soil.

Journal Reviews
Cyclical Solar Forcing of Alaskan Subarctic Climate and Biology: The story told by the sediments of a small tundra lake in southwestern Alaska has major implications for both global climate science and world energy policy.

More Insights from Chinese Climate Records: Masses of data spanning three millennia are used to determine the characteristics of a big chunk of China's natural climate variability over this period in an attempt to decide if the warming of the past quarter-century in that region is truly anomalous and the result of the ongoing rise in the air's CO2 content.

Origin of the Urban CO2 Dome of Paris, France: From whence comes the majority of the CO2 that is responsible for the elevated concentrations that are typically found within large metropolitan areas?

Effects of Nitrogen Deposition on Soil Carbon Storage: Does enhanced anthropogenic nitrogen deposition help or hinder the sequestration of carbon in earth's soils?

Leaf Litter from a High-CO2 Environment: Implications for Stream Ecosystems: Leaves from trees growing in CO2-enriched air often are found to contain less nitrogen and more lignin and phenolic compounds than leaves from trees growing in ambient air.  Do these differences reduce the value of this source of sustenance to freshwater food webs?