Clean Start: November 18, 2011

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About 1.8 million people across Cambodia and Vietnam are currently suffering a silent misery from the worst flooding in a decade. [AP]

A worsening of the euro zone debt crisis could increase a climate funding gap to $45 billion by 2015 as governments struggle to maintain levels of climate change investment due to austerity measures, Ernst & Young said on Thursday. [Reuters]

Top international climate scientists and disaster experts meeting in Africa had a sharp message Friday for the world’s political leaders: Get ready for more dangerous and “unprecedented extreme weather” caused by global warming. [AP]

Heat waves, floods and other extreme weather worsen with global warming, says a major international climate report released today. [USA Today]

On the current climate pollution trajectory, the international humanitarian system – already under pressure – will “eventually reach breaking point”, with disasters causing increasing harm to the most vulnerable sectors of society. [Alertnet]

The likelihood of more frequent and severe weather events, increased asthma and the death of crucial plant life are all realities in New Hampshire because of climate pollution. [Seacoast Online]

Japan’s emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fuel rose 4.4 percent in the year that ended in March from the previous year to 1.122 billion tonnes, the trade ministry said Friday, as a recovery in the economy and an unusually hot summer boosted the use of energy. [Reuters]

Congress has passed bills providing for aid to Vermont and other states recovering from climate disasters such as Tropical Storm Irene. [Burlington Free Press]

The embattled president and chief operating officer of Connecticut Light & Power, the state’s largest utility, submitted his resignation Thursday after coming under fire for how the company handled widespread power outages following last month’s snowstorm. [AP]

A new, long-term climate model suggests that temperatures could rise as much as ten degrees Celsius by 2300 — creating conditions not seen for 34 million years. [IO9]

When Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said there was no connection between air pollution and asthma, he was relying on pseudoscience. [AP]

On Nov. 21, the Delaware River Basin Commission, which involves four states — Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware — will vote on rules governing fracking in the river’s watershed, which supplies some 15 million people with drinking water. [NYT]

Despite Walmart‘s stated goal of being supplied by 100 percent renewable energy, the retail giant currently derives less than 2 percent of its electricity from its solar projects and wind-power purchases. [Grist]

On November 12, ExxonMobil signed an oil production deal with the Kurdish Regional Government to drill in Iraqi Kurdistan, and on November 15, Royal Dutch Shell signed a $17 billion natural gas production deal with the Iraqi government. [DeSmogBlog]

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