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Changes in jet stream since 1960 responsible for uptick in extreme weather

Changes in jet stream since 1960 responsible for uptick in extreme weather

Science
Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Scientists have identified a link between jet stream variability during the last half-century and increases in extreme weather in Europe, including storms, flooding, drought, heatwaves and wildfires.Using tree rings from the British Isles and Mediterranean, scientists at the University of Arizona sussed out late-summer weather patterns across Western Europe going back nearly three centuries, to 1725."We find that the position of the North Atlantic Jet in summer has been a strong driver of climate extremes in Europe for the last 300 years," Valerie Trouet, a scientist at Arizona's Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, said in a news release.The work of Trouet and her colleagues helped provide context for modern observations of the jet stream's seasonal patterns. Their data -- p...
Rapid climatic changes are afoot in the Arctic

Rapid climatic changes are afoot in the Arctic

Science
Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Rapid climate change is happening in the Arctic, new research confirms, and scientists suggest the changes are quickly altering the geology of the land and ecosystems along the coast.During recent Arctic surveys, a team of researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution measured surprisingly high levels of radium-228. The isotope has doubled in concentration over the last decade, which suggests significant changes on land.Scientists believe melting sea ice is creating a larger expanse of open oceans, enabling larger waves, which are stirring up sediments and carrying radium out to sea. The same shifting dynamics could be supplying larger amounts of nutrients to Arctic waters, fueling plankton blooms and altering local food chains in novel ways.Researchers shared the...
These changes under the GOP tax plan affect homeowners

These changes under the GOP tax plan affect homeowners

Finance
After the many twists and turns that the Republican tax-overhaul legislation has taken thus far, it might be unclear to homeowners what's in store for them.In a nutshell, not much that will help them save more on taxes. The bill, expected to receive final approval by lawmakers on Wednesday, includes a variety of changes that could make homeownership a more costly proposition for some taxpayers.On top of making modifications to the mortgage interest deduction, the bill limits the deductibility of property taxes and state and local income taxes to a combined $ 10,000. In states such as New York and California where home prices and property taxes are high, this change means some homeowners could face bigger tax bills beginning next year.And if you were thinking about prepaying some of your 20...
SBI changes names, IFSC codes of around 1,300 branches

SBI changes names, IFSC codes of around 1,300 branches

Finance
Post the merger of its five associates, State Bank of India has changed names and IFSC codes of nearly 1,300 of its branches. The country's largest lender has changed the names and IFSC codes of branches located in major cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Lucknow, among others. "Some of our old associate branches are getting merged with SBI branches. When that merger happens, the IFSC codes get changed," the bank's managing director (retail and digital banking), Praveen Gupta, said. He said customers have been informed about the change in IFSC codes, but internally also the bank has mapped them to the new codes. "Even if some payment comes based on the old IFSC codes, it will get mapped with the new codes. It will not cause any problem ...
'Snoopers' charter' changes put forward

'Snoopers' charter' changes put forward

Technology
The government has proposed changes to the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) after accepting that some parts of it are "inconsistent with EU law".The IPA governs the collection and use of communications data by law enforcement agencies.In December 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that some aspects of the legislation were incompatible with EU law.A public consultation on the proposed changes will run until 18 January.Under the IPA, the secretary of state can order companies to keep communication metadata such as when, and to whom, messages were sent.But the government accepted the IPA was inconsistent with EU law because:law enforcement did not need to seek independent permission to access communications datacollecting communication metadata was not only reserved for the ...