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Extreme Weather: Hot off the Griddle

By Eric Roston

Good afternoon, and welcome back to the Griddle, a menu of fortified items for the busy person's media diet. Winds exceeding 100 miles per hour whip Scotland. Dry weather from Ukraine to Argentina threaten the global grain supply. The northeastern quadrant of the U.S. will be five to eight degrees higher than normal next week. And it's only January 3. After last year's extreme weather will 2012 be worse? As in all affairs the most reliable expectation should be reversion toward the mean. The only trouble is, the climate 'mean' is changing, and no one knows how fast.

And now the news:

Aging Workforces Expected to Damage ‘BRIC Inc.’ Growth (Bloomberg)

Five Mega-Trends Creating 2012’s Trillion Dollar Global Sustainable Economy (TriplePundit)

China Targets ‘Overly Entertaining’ Western TV (Bloomberg)

12 Green Business Predictions for 2012 (BusinessGreen)

Minimum Wage in U.S. Fails to Beat Inflation (Bloomberg)

Why Tornadoes Take the Weekends off in Summer (National Geographic)

Storehouses for Solar Energy Can Step in When the Sun Goes Down (NY Times)

Building a Better Suntrap (Economist)

Shareowners Press Chevron on Environmental Liabilities in Ecuador (GreenBiz)

David Attenborough: Frozen Planet Was Not Alarmist About Climate Change (Guardian)

Spaceship Earth: A New View of Environmentalism (Washington Post)

Who’s More Anti-Science: Republicans or Democrats? (Reason)

-0- Jan/03/2012 18:44 GMT

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