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Thunderstorms on the other side of the globe trigger heat waves in California

Thunderstorms on the other side of the globe trigger heat waves in California

Science
April 12 (UPI) -- Californians may want to start watching the forecast in Southeast Asia. When heavy rains fall on the tropics in the Indian and the eastern Pacific oceans, temperatures across California increase some 16 days later, according to a new study. California's Central Valley is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world, with some 230 crops grown there. The region's farms and orchards produce half of the nation's tree fruit and nut crops. Heat waves are costly for the region and its residents. "We want to know more about how extreme events are created," Richard Grotjahn, professor at the University of California, Davis, said in a news release. "We know that such patterns in winter are sometimes linked with areas of the tropics where thunderstorms are enhanced...
Global warming may trigger heart attack risk

Global warming may trigger heart attack risk

Health
March 12 (UPI) -- Extreme temperatures can have a deadly effect on a person's heart, new research shows. Many heart attacks worldwide have been triggered by wild temperature swings brought on, in part, by global warming, according to a study published Tuesday in the European Heart Journal. The researchers say an elevated set of risk of factors like diabetes and hyperlipidemia make people more vulnerable to death from heat. "In the case of very high and very low temperatures in particular, this has been clearly demonstrated," Kai Chen, a researcher at the Institute of Epidemiology at German Research Center for Environmental Health and study author, said in a news release. "In this latest study, we wanted to see to what extent the heat and cold-related heart attack risk has changed over th...
Barclays prepares to trigger £166bn no-deal Brexit plan

Barclays prepares to trigger £166bn no-deal Brexit plan

Business
By John-Paul Ford Rojas, business reporter Barclays is preparing to pull the trigger on no-deal Brexit plans to shift assets worth £166bn (€190bn) to its Irish division as it "cannot wait any longer" amid continuing political uncertainty, a High Court judgment has revealed.The plans were drawn up by the bank in case of a no-deal scenario which would see UK financial services firms losing "passporting" rights that allow them to provide services across Europe. Details of the move were revealed in a judgment by Mr Justice Snowden that largely approved the "huge" transfer, which will apply to thousands of clients of the bank.It said: "Due to the continuing uncertainty over whether there might be a no-deal Brexit, the Barclays group has determined t...
US stocks fall as China fears trigger gloom

US stocks fall as China fears trigger gloom

Business
Shares on Wall Street sank deeper on Thursday after Apple said weak sales in China had hurt its business, stoking wider concerns over trade tensions and economic slowdown.A revenue warning from a major airline, as well as some data showing declines in US car sales and manufacturing activity last month added to the gloom.The Nasdaq plunged 3%, the Dow tumbled 2.8% and the S&P 500 fell 2.5%.Apple was the biggest loser on the Dow, plunging almost 10%.The declines added to the losses that have rocked markets in recent months.Investors are trying to gauge the effects on companies of rising interest rates, trade tensions and signs of economic slowdown - especially in China, the world's second largest economy."The story here is that the trade war, coupled wi...
M&S closure plans trigger £300m charge

M&S closure plans trigger £300m charge

Business
Marks & Spencer is braced for a financial hit of up to £300m from an expanded store closure programme that reflects brutal trading conditions on the British high street. Sky News has learnt that the retailer will announce as part of its annual results on Wednesday a huge charge triggered by costs associated with its efforts to shrink underperforming parts of its store portfolio.A source close to M&S said the company was expected to include so-called adjusted‎ items worth approximately £500m in its 2017 results statement.Of that sum, between £200m and £300m is related to the company's plans to shut 100 UK shops by 2022 as well as a number of international outlets, a source said.Those costs include charges related to lease‎s, staff redundancy...