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Clean Start: October 28, 2011

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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?

Traffic clogged roads out of the Thai capital Friday as tens of thousands of people fled ahead of a high tide expected to worsen floods that have inundated factories and prompted foreign governments to warn their citizens to stay away. [Reuters]

After the nation’s largest offshore oil spill and a series of pipeline breaks, Republican presidential candidates are pushing an aggressive policy of oil and gas drilling that echoes the party’s rallying cry of “drill, baby, drill” from four years ago. [AP]

A request by Gov. Jay Nixon for a disaster designation for 101 Missouri counties which experienced severe drought during the 2011 growing season has been granted by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. [Memphis Democrat]

During the first 10 months of this year President Obama declared 89 major disasters, more than the record 81 declarations that he made in all of 2010. [ABC News]

Prehistoric data on greenhouse gases from studies of the ocean floor could predict Earth’s climate future, researchers at the University of Missouri say. [UPI]

Governments around the world must be prepared for mass migrations caused by rising global temperatures or face the possibility of calamitous results, say University of Florida scientists on a research team reporting in the Oct. 28 edition of Science. [Science Daily]

The remnants of Hurricane Rina bore down on Cancun and other resorts on Mexico’s popular Caribbean coast on Thursday, chasing away tourists and causing massive flight delays. [Reuters]

The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled its road map for solar energy development, directing large-scale industrial projects to 285,000 acres of desert land in the western U.S. while opening 20 million acres of the Mojave for new development. [LA Times]

The European Commission’s plans to class fuel from oil sands, including Canada’s, as highly polluting are based on science and it will proceed with talks with EU member states to implement the measure, its climate commissioner said on Thursday. [Reuters]

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