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Arctic winter warming causes cold damage in the subtropics of East Asia

Some new research coming out of the University of Zurich suggests that the warming we are seeing over the Arctic is have consequences for subtropical areas of East Asia. Using models and observations, the scientists found that changes in the atmospheric weather patterns have been leading to cooler winters there, causing reductions in crop yield and delayed blooming. You can read more about the research at https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/942696. Since the Southeastern US is located on the southeastern edge of a large Northern Hemisphere content like East Asia is, I will be interested to see if this effect is also likely to occur in our region, because it could have implications for production of peaches and blueberries.

Arctic cotton grass grows on Greenland’s seashore. Sedge is almost four weeks ahead of its timetable 10 years ago. Photograph: Pearl Bucknall/Alamy