Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday Wrap-up, June 10

Some quick takeson the converging challenges before the week ends :

Over at Highly Allocthonous, Anne Jefferson reminds us that there is still significant flooding on-going around the world.

And if it's too wet in many places, that means it may be too dry in others, as seen with the dessicated American Southwest and record-breaking wildfires.
AZ fires from space, June 9, 2011

Still on climate, ever earlier springs in the Arctic will have many consequences, including on migratory songbirds that breed in the tundra.

Oil production cannot keep up with demand, but despite my earlier guess, the failure of  OPEC members to agree to a producion increase was not the fault of Saudi Arabia.

What present-day country would a future America with low taxes and regulation, enforced social conservatism, high income disparity and heavy defense spending resemble?   Pakistan, says Nicholas Kristof .

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