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By Eric Roston

Good morning, and welcome back to the Griddle, a menu of fortified items for the busy person's media diet. One of the biggest business stories of our era is how rising incomes in Asia are driving demand for limited resources. Sometimes they’re illegal. This morning we learn that rhino poachers in South Africa felled 405 of the endangered beasts in 2011, a 22 percent increase over last year. More than 200 people have been arrested. The rhinos' horns are sold in East Asia, where they are believed to have medicinal qualities, including a purported cure for cancer.

And now the news:

End of Mideast ‘Easy Oil’ Means Opportunity for Exxon, BP (Bloomberg)

Bees, Plants Waking up Earlier Each Spring (USA Today)

Autodesk Helps CDP Map the World’s Sustainable Cities (GreenBiz)

BP Has Oil-Spill Fine Road Map in Citgo Case

Presidential Campaign Energy Forecast (Politico)

Insurers Call on Durban to Push Green Sovereign Bonds (Responsible Investor)

Fact Check: Gingrich’s Evolution on Climate Change (

‘Water Poor’ Will Suffer Most as Climate Change Hits Cities (ClimateWire)

BP Accuses Halliburton Over Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill (Guardian)

A Mismatch Between Grid Regulation and Modern Needs (NY Times)

Mandelbrot Beats Economics on Markets: Mark Buchanan (Bloomberg View)

-0- Dec/06/2011 16:24 GMT

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