Clean Start: November 15, 2011

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?

Flyover surveillance footage taken Nov. 12 reveals no fewer than nine large oil-related work vessels in the waters surrounding BP’s Macondo Prospect. [Planet Ocean News]

Spending on home projects and storm-related repairs helped boost Home Depot Inc.’s third-quarter net income 12 percent, the home-improvement retailer said Tuesday. [Boston Globe]

The devastating Texas wildfire season reaches the one-year mark on Tuesday, and there appears to be no end in sight as officials brace for large blazes that could ignite anywhere across the drought-stricken state. [AP]

Residents in parts of southern Indiana will start cleaning up Tuesday after strong thunderstorms rolled through, leaving damage behind. [WLKY]

A new and broader climate deal is out of reach for now and instead nations need to focus on how to replace the ailing Kyoto Protocol before 2020, Britain’s minister of state for energy and climate change said on Monday. [Reuters]

Climate change is likely to lead to increased average rainfall in the world’s major river basins but weather patterns will be fickle and the timing of wet seasons may change, threatening farming and foodstocks along the Nile and Limpopo rivers, experts said Monday. [Reuters]

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged world leaders Monday to finalize the financing for a multibillion-dollar fund to fight the effects of climate change. [Washington Post]

Mother Jones’ Kiera Butler explores the hazards of the rare-earths mining boom. [Mother Jones]

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