Clean Start: October 24, 2011

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Canadian migrant seabirds suffered disproportionately the lethal effects of BP’s oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico last year. [Blue Marble]

BP won approval from U.S. officials on Friday to look for oil at new sites in the Gulf of Mexico, the company’s first exploration plan in U.S waters to get the go-ahead since the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. [WSJ]

Interviews with crop researchers at American universities paint a dire picture: high temperatures have already shrunken output of many crops and vegetables. [Reuters]

A climate researcher has shown that global warming, i.e. simultaneous warming events in the northern and southern hemispheres, had not occurred in the 20,000 years before the present man-made era. [Science Daily]

Most of the world’s land surface is very likely to experience five-year average temperatures that exceed 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels by 2060. [Reuters]

Canada warned on Sunday it will “defend its interests” if the European Union (EU) goes through with a proposal to rank Canadian tar sands as a highly polluting fuel. [Reuters]

A lack of international will means the chances of bringing climate change under control may already be “slipping out of reach,” scientists have warned. [Independent]

A U.N. committee has completed the draft design of a fund to help developing countries tackle climate change, paving the way for its launch in 2013, the U.N.’s climate chief said on Friday. [Reuters]

More districts of Thailand’s capital were on high alert on Monday with floods bearing down from northern Bangkok as authorities raced to pump water toward the sea and defend the business district. [Reuters]

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