"Clean Start: October 11, 2011"
Welcome to Clean Start, ThinkProgress Green’s morning round-up of the latest in climate and clean energy. Here is what we’re reading. What are you?
Thai rescue workers scrambled on Monday to prevent a humanitarian disaster as the worst flooding in half a century swamped large sections of the country, shut factories and stranded thousands of people. [Reuters]
Flood-stricken Thailand is now being hit by the same kind of supply-chain disruptions that plagued Japan’s economy after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March. [WSJ]
Strong offshore winds are expected to cause a heat wave across the Los Angeles region later in the week, heightening the possibility of brush fires, the National Weather Service said Monday evening. [LA Times]
Exxon Mobil Corp said on Monday it had no reason to believe an oil sheen on the Yellowstone River in Montana came from its Billings refinery but it had moved to contain the oil to minimize any environmental impact. [Reuters]
European Union environment ministers — responsible for only 11 percent of global carbon emissions — said they would commit to a new phase of the Kyoto climate change pact, on the condition that nations blamed for the rest join up too. [Reuters]
The Baltic Sea emits more carbon dioxide than it can bind. [Science Daily]
A new poll shows that the majority of Europeans consider climate change the second gravest problem facing the world, right after poverty and above the economic crisis. [TreeHugger]
The 47,000 tonne container ship Rena is currently grounded on a reef in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty and it is leaking heavy fuel oil after running aground last week. [Price of Oil]