Clean Start: October 26, 2011

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Floodwater swamped a new area of Thailand’s capital on Wednesday as some shops started rationing food and the prime minister warned that parts of Bangkok could be flooded for up to a month. [Reuters]

China’s chief climate official called on developed countries to come up with their own national initiatives to cut carbon emissions in order to avoid “deadlock” at next month’s global climate change talks in Durban, South Africa. [Reuters]

First Solar Inc. Chief Executive Rob Gillette stepped down Tuesday in an abrupt move that rattled investors and suggested a hard road lay ahead for the U.S. solar-panel giant and its rivals. [WSJ]

Five people were killed and eight reported missing after torrential rainstorms caused widespread flooding and mudslides in north and central Italy, authorities said Wednesday. [Reuters]

“While Obama and Republicans engage in a kindergarten style brawl, China is slaughtering the American solar industry,” says Nigam Arora, [Forbes]

Wall Street analysts expect a rise in oil prices to help boost Exxon Mobil Corp.’s third-quarter profit by about 40 percent over last year, and Chevron Corp.’s earnings to widen by about 84 percent. [MarketWatch]

Sharp increases in temperature driven by global warming are melting China’s Himalayan glaciers, an impact that threatens habitats, tourism and economic development, says a study released Tuesday. [AFP]

China will not allow its carbon dioxide emissions per person to reach levels seen in the US, according to the minister in charge of climate policy. who said that to let emissions rise that high would be a “disaster for the world.” [BBC]

TransCanada Corp, the company hoping to build the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, spent $540,000 on lobbying in the third quarter of 2011, according to lobbying disclosure records released this week. [DeSmogBlog]

Rapidly growing megacities in Africa and Asia face the highest risks from rising sea levels, floods and other climate change impacts, says a global survey aimed at guiding city planners and investors. [Reuters]

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