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Clean Start: November 4, 2011

By Brad Johnson  

"Clean Start: November 4, 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?

As Thailand’s worst floods in more than half a century continue to creep into Bangkok, mixing with water bubbling up through drains and spilling over canals, many streets have become floating landfills. [AP]

Toyota Motor Corp said on Friday it would keep its three Thai factories suspended and output reduced in Japan next week, while also cutting production in North America, South Africa and some Asian markets due to the shortage of parts from flooded Thai suppliers. [Reuters]

Rising temperatures will force many species of oceanic animals and plants to move to other regions and could leave some marine species with nowhere to go, according to new research just published in the journal Science. [Science Daily]

BP has agreed to pay $50 million in civil penalties to the state of Texas for pollution from its Texas City refinery, including the deadly March 2005 explosion, state Attorney General Greg Abbott said on Thursday. [Reuters]

Climate change is expected to wipe out the lodgepole pine forests in the Pacific Northwest, researchers confirm. [Oregon Live]

California’s water problems and the ecological pressure on the West Coast’s largest estuary will intensify in a warming world, according to a first-of-its-kind scientific study. [Contra Costa Times]

NASA’s airborne expedition over Antarctica this October and November has measured the change in glaciers vital to sea level rise projections and mapped others rarely traversed by humans. [Science Daily]

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has filed a lawsuit against neighboring Minnesota over its global warming law, which imposes restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions from the generation of electricity imported from outside of Minnesota and consumed in the state. [Legal News Online]

A group of island states most vulnerable to global warming have lashed out against rich nations for wanting to delay a new international climate pact until years after the Kyoto Protocol on curbing carbon emissions expires in 2012. [Reuters]

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