Throwing a warm sheet over our understanding of ice and climate

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Temperatures at Earth’s highest latitudes were nearly as warm after Antarctica’s polar ice sheets developed as they were prior to glaciation, according to a new study led by Yale University. The finding upends most scientists’ basic understanding of how ice and climate develop over long stretches of time.


The study, based on a reconstruction of global surface temperatures, gives researchers a better understanding of a key moment in Earth’s climate history—when it transitioned from a “greenhouse” state to an “icehouse” state. The study appears in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the week of Sept. 28.

“This work fills in an important, largely unwritten chapter in Earth’s surface temperature history,” said Pincelli Hull, assistant professor of earth and planetary studies at Yale, and senior author of the study.

Charlotte O’Brien, a former Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies (YIBS) Donnelley Postdoctoral Fellow who is

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Antarctic Ice Sheet to melt, raise sea levels by 8.5 feet even under Paris Agreement

Sept. 23 (UPI) — The Antarctic Ice Sheet will suffer irreversible ice loss raising ocean levels by 8.5 feet even if the world meets global warming goals laid out by the Paris Agreement on Climate change, scientists said in a report published Wednesday.

The analysis determined there are a number of temperature thresholds above pre-industrial levels that will ultimately lead to increasing sea levels if the world’s nations don’t rein in emissions and global warming.

The study, published Wednesday in the journal nature, was conducted by researchers at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the University of Potsdam in Germany, Columbia University in New York City, and Stockholm University in Sweden.

The researchers determined that if global warming is maintained at 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels — as laid out by the Paris Agreement — sea levels would rise by 8.5 feet.

If the climate agreement is

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Future Fintech and Spondula Signed Term Sheet for Potential Acquisition

BEIJING, Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Future FinTech Group Inc. (NASDAQ: FTFT) (hereinafter referred to as “Future Fintech”, “FTFT” or “Company” “) a leading blockchain e-commerce company and a service provider for financial technology, today announced it has signed a term sheet (“Term Sheet”) with Spondula, a company incorporated in the United Kingdom (UK) and the selling shareholder of Spondula on September 19, 2020. Pursuant to Term Sheet, the Company plans to acquire 51% of the total issued and outstanding shares of Spondula. The Term Sheet is non-binding except for the “Exclusivity”, “Confidentiality” and “Governing Law” sections.

According to the Term Sheet, FTFT or its subsidiary will acquire 51% of the total issued and outstanding shares of Spondula through a share exchange with the shareholder of Spondula.

Spondula is located in the UK and it operates a global banking and money transfer platform serving both individuals and

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