Clean Start: November 3, 2011

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Farmers from different communities in Senegal will meet climate scientists at a major meeting in Dakar, the country’s capital, later in the year to improve communication between them and help boost local disaster preparedness. [SciDev.Net]

Mexican President Felipe Calderon urged Washington and Beijing on Thursday to agree to curb the release of climate-warming gases to ensure the success of United Nations climate talks in South Africa later this month. “It is important, crucial for humankind that the world’s largest economy and the world’s largest emitter make a formal commitment.” [Reuters]

A federal appeals court in Washington scheduled two days of oral argument at the end of February next year to weigh the lawfulness of four Obama administration rules that regulate greenhouse gases. [E&E News]

Nebraska’s governor would have the authority to approve any pipelines that cross the state under a bill introduced on Wednesday to address the popular opposition to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. [Reuters]

The floodwaters that killed 20 people at a remote Arkansas campground last year swelled well above campers’ heads and raced through the flood plain at speeds of up to 7.5 miles per hour, the U.S. Geological Survey said in a report released Wednesday. [AP]

As waterlogged Thailand struggles to contain the worst floods in decades, it faces a simple truth: not a whole lot can be done to avoid a repeat disaster in the short term even with a new multi-billion dollar water-management policy. [Reuters]

The coverage provided by the National Flood Insurance Program is not well understood by most Americans. [Fox Business]

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