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Volume 7 Number 37:  15 September 2004

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

Editorial
Drought in the Heartland: Will the U.S. Corn Belt "Dry Up and Blow Away" as a Result of Global Warming?: Climate models have a long history of answering this question in the affirmative; but concomitant with their string of dire predictions, Mother Nature appears to have been moving in the opposite direction.

Subject Index Summaries
Temperature (Trends -- Regional: Europe, General): How would the recent temperature history of Europe best be described?  And what does that description suggest about the source of the warming that fueled the demise of the Little Ice Age?

Growth Response of Trees to CO2 and Nitrogen (Trees: Other): Do trees respond better to atmospheric CO2 enrichment in terms of their growth and development when soil nitrogen concentrations are optimal or suboptimal?

Journal Reviews
Cyclical Drivers of Glacial Activity in Alaska: What are they?  How well do they describe the ebb and flow of Alaskan glaciers?  And what do the results suggest about greenhouse gas-induced climate change?

The Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age on the Faroe Islands: Are these extreme nodes of the millennial-scale oscillation of climate that reverberates through glacial and interglacial periods alike experienced in environments that are primarily marine in nature?

A Roman Warm Period on East Antarctica's Windmill Islands?: Was the coast of East Antarctica two thousand years ago really much warmer than it is today when the air's CO2 concentration was 100 ppm less than it is currently?

How Long Can Carbon Continue to Accumulate in the Soils of Boreal Forests?: Is it of such a length of time that their carbon "sinks" will not fill so rapidly as to become ineffective after a period of time that is too short to have an effective lasting impact on the air's CO2 concentration?

Growth Responses of Two Plant Pests to Foliage Grown in High-CO2 Air: Are the larval growth rates of the pests enhanced or reduced when they eat foliage grown under twice the ambient atmospheric CO2 concentration?