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Crops Move North to Seek Cooler Climes: Hot off the Griddle

By Tom Randall

Good afternoon, and welcome back to the Griddle, a menu of fortified items for the busy person's media diet. Farmers, gardeners, and seed-stockers take note: the world is getting warmer, and it's time to adjust your plans. That's the message behind a new, interactive U.S. Department of Agriculture "Plant Hardiness Zone Map," which shows the northward shift of the best places to grow crops. Across the Atlantic, the U.K.'s food and rural affairs department sent farmers a similar message yesterday with a national climate forecast: sugar beets and wheat yields will benefit from the rising temperatures. Sustainability means taking advantage of the opportunities, as well as coping with the risks, of the changing planet.

And now this week's best of Bloomberg Sustainability:

Solar CEOs See China Boom Easing Glut in 2012
Fracking Safety Touted by Obama is in Dispute
Cows Dwindle to 1958 Low in Record Texas Drought
How Kenya Is Building a Sustainable Banana
‘Social Equity’ to Be Weighed in U.S. Transit Funding Rule
North Dakota Oil Boom Brings Blight With Growth as Costs Soar
Shale Gas $100 Billion Savings to U.S. Exceed Tax Cuts
Atomic-Free Japan by April Roils Debate on Economic Risks
Solar Cheaper Than Diesel Making India’s Mittal a Believer
Google Funds Dissent as Oprah Speaks, Rushdie Sparks Anger

Visit for the latest from Bloomberg News about energy, natural resources and global business.

-0- Jan/27/2012 17:40 GMT

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