Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wednesday Links

  • Above are wheat yields in the UK.  The study above is inconclusive, but clearly one should be concerned about climate change.  The UK has had a particularly marked change in climate in recent years with a level of floods, late snowfall, and other extreme weather that was unknown when I was a child there.  Given that global yields and US yields don't show any sign of bend in the yield curve, perhaps the UK is the canary in the coal mine, and is worth studying more carefully.
  • Has motorization in the US peaked?
  • President Obama not so popular overseas.
  • US coal exports set monthly record.


Anonymous said...

"perhaps the UK is the canary in the coal mine, and is worth studying more carefully."

If the UK is a canary, the fire in the US Southwest would be in the same regime.

Any thoughts on how these might be compared with each other to test the hypothesis?

Blue Peter said...

Since, and including 2007, we have had a string of poor summers. Weather has varied -dry, wet and so on, but they have been generally poor. Individually, that is not unusual for the UK, but I don't know whether such an extended run is unusual.

It has been noted, of course, that 2007 was the first big melt year in the Arctic, and there are hypotheses that the change there has affected UK weather.