"As spring crocus blooms approach, some growers have visions of a fall-flowering crocus that produces saffron, the world's most valuable spice.
University of Vermont researchers have been raising the exotic spice now grown primarily in Iran and are encouraging growers to tap into what they hope will be a cash crop.
It's not a hard sell, particularly in the short growing season of the Northeast. A crop harvested in the late fall, when other crops have died off, that tolerates extreme climates and yields an average of $19 per gram."
Last week I was making up PDF maps of various countries. This week I am trying something new, with an interactive maps featuring major cities and states in different countries. Today I start out with Germany. Hotter color balloons are larger cities, click for their name and population.
China by far is the world's biggest producer of energy by coal, followed by the United States, India, Germany, South Africa, Korea, Australia and Russia.
Data Source: SourceWatch, U.S. coal production in a global context (2012), based on EIA Data. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Existing_U.S._Coal_Plants