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Volume 6 Number 10:  5 March 2003

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

Current Editorial
Determining the Growth Response of Trees to Elevated CO2: The Need for Long-Term Experiments: How long must one run an experiment to determine the ultimate equilibrium response of long-lived woody plants to atmospheric CO2 enrichment?  A month?  A year?  A decade?

Subject Index Summaries
Rubisco (Agricultural Species): A review of the recent scientific literature demonstrates that increases in the air's CO2 content often reduce the amount and/or activity of the photosynthetic enzyme rubisco, but without completely negating CO2-induced increases in photosynthesis.

Storms (North America): Are storms in North America behaving as climate models say they should, i.e., becoming more frequent and more intense in response to the warming of the past century?

Carbon Sequestration Commentary
Carbon Sequestration in Agricultural Soils: A Comprehensive Review of Free-Air CO2 Enrichment Studies: As the air's CO2 content rises, it is our contention that progressively more organic matter will be stored in the ground beneath each unit area of the vegetated portion of the planet, due to the enhanced plant growth provided by the aerial fertilization effect of atmospheric CO2 enrichment.  We here report the results of a major review of this subject that looks at free-air CO2 enrichment studies of agricultural soils.

Current Journal Reviews
Polar Amplification of Global Warming: It is one of the most fundamental of climate model predictions; yet it is found to be pure fiction in the world of nature.

Nutrient-Rich Subarctic Water Invades California Current: Is this phenomenon a harbinger of the Pacific regime shift from El Viejo to La Vieja conditions presaged by the study of Chavez et al. (2003), which we discussed in a Journal Review entitled Cooling on the Horizon?

The Climate of the Past Millennium: Do proxy climate records of the past thousand years reveal anything unusual about 20th century warming, which climate alarmists claim to have been "unprecedented" within that time span?

Effects of Climate Change on Marine Biodiversity: How many coastal marine species will be driven to extinction by predicted global warming?  How about none of them?

Net Primary Productivity of North America's Vegetation Rises Substantially from 1982 to 1998: Do the results provide evidence for the aerial fertilization effect of the increase in the air's CO2 content over that period?