Daily climate news for 14th of March 2018
"Recent boreal winters have exhibited a large-scale seesaw temperature pattern characterized by an unusually warm Arctic and cold continents... Using a recently developed index of severe winter weather, we show that the occurrence of severe winter weather in the United States is significantly related to anomalies in pan-Arctic geopotential heights and temperatures... [in] recent decades... severe winter weather—including both cold spells and heavy snows—became more frequent in the eastern United States."
"With Rex Tillerson's firing, President Donald Trump's new choice for Secretary of State—Mike Pompeo, a former Kansas congressman currently serving as director of the CIA—signals a hardening stance against international engagement on climate change"
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"We examined the growth and yield of winter wheat... in response to the predicted elevated CO2 concentration and temperature... increasing CO2 concentration... was not able to offset the adverse effect of warming"
"[A] private-equity firm is seeking to raise 100 million pounds ($139 million) from the initial public offering expected later this month on the London Stock Exchange. The fund will invest in large-scale batteries"
"We find that [thermosteric] sea level continues to rise for several decades after atmospheric CO2 starts to decline and does not return to pre-industrial levels for over 1000 years... Furthermore [it] rises faster than it declines"
"[It] might be at greater risk of shutdown than we thought. If the North Atlantic current... did grind to a halt the effects could be severe, from greater sea-level rise on Atlantic coasts to more intense droughts in Africa"