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Volume 6 Number 14:  2 April 2003

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

Current Editorial
Abrupt Climate Change: Not on the Human-Induced Agenda: Climate alarmists put forth a lot of unrealistic scenarios to frighten people into doing what they want them to do.  The idea that global warming may cause catastrophically abrupt climate change is but another example that flies in the face of both reason and data.

Subject Index Summaries
Non-Vascular Plants: A review of the recent literature suggests that non-vascular plants in bog communities may show varied responses to future increases in the air's CO2 concentration that range from no response to highly significant increases in biomass production.

Storms (Europe): Are storm trends in Europe doing what climate models say they should?

Current Journal Reviews
Are Winters as White, or as Wet, as They Used to Be?: A study of snow water equivalent trends in the western United States provides the answer for part of the world.

More Evidence for the Global Extent of Solar-Induced Millennial-Scale Oscillations of Climate: How much more will be needed for climate alarmists to see the light?  Variations in solar activity, not atmospheric CO2 concentration, have been responsible for nearly all major variations in Holocene climate, including the establishment of the Modern Warm Period.

TAR vs SAR: The Triumph of Storyline over Science: When science failed to produce what politics required, the IPCC brought in doctors who could spin a mighty good yarn.

The Impact of Elevated CO2 and Nitrogen Fertilization on Biomass Production and Nitrogen Retention in Two Model Plant Systems: It is often suggested that atmospheric CO2 enrichment will lead to losses of nitrogen from natural ecosystems; and some short-term studies have seemed to verify that claim.  What happens over the long haul, however, is what really matters; and this study begins to look in that direction.

The Resiliency of Trees to Anthropogenic Change: A Model-Driven Analysis: In order to better determine how intact forests may respond to future changes in earth's atmospheric chemistry, the authors used a model to simulate forest carbon dynamics in response to historical changes in atmospheric CO2 and ozone concentrations, nitrogen deposition rates and land use changes in the northeastern USA.