Clean Start: August 23, 2011

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Three wildfires burned across dry vegetation Monday in California, forcing mandatory evacuations near Perris and snarling traffic on heavily traveled Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass. [LA Times]

The EU may propose a plan to extend the Kyoto Protocol and secure the future of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) beyond 2012. [Reuters]

A Colorado Department of Corrections program is now teaching career skills in renewable energy fields to inmates whose pre-arrest job capabilities may have become obsolete while they have been in prison. [Denver Post]

Cleaning up tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil that spilled from a pipeline and fouled a stretch of Montana’s renowned Yellowstone River is expected to cost Exxon Mobil Corp. an estimated $42.6 million, according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press. [AP]

It is time to start developing effective strategies that will keep the nation’s transportation systems and other critical infrastructure running in the face of the increasingly adverse impacts of climate change, concluded a transportation summit at Vanderbilt. [Science Daily]

Some slight sprinkles across central Oklahoma Tuesday won’t do much to stop the ongoing heat wave. [Oklahoman]

A smoky wildfire in the Great Dismal Swamp has been smoldering since a lightning strike on Aug. 4, consuming about 6,000 acres in Virginia and North Carolina. [AP]

Hurricane Irene threatens to damage about a quarter of the cotton areas in Georgia, the second- largest grower in the U.S., and a large part of South Carolina, when it makes landfall, a weather forecaster said. [Bloomberg]

As the ice recedes, Denmark and its self-governing dependency of Greenland plan to present a seabed claim extending to the North Pole before the end of 2014 against competing claims from other Arctic states, Danish officials said on Monday. [Reuters]

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