Clean Start: November 22, 2011

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China plans to push for more funding for clean-energy technologies in the developing world even as it repeated its opposition to mandatory emissions cuts, underscoring the challenges at climate-change talks beginning next week in South Africa. International climate-change officials are meeting in Durban ahead of the expiration of the Kyoto Protocol global-warming treaty next year, but any formal agreement is considered unlikely by experts. [WSJ]

China is worried the financial crisis is draining contributions to a multibillion-dollar global warming fund but hopes basic financing to help developing countries deal with climate change can be hammered out this month. [Washington Post]

State-based targets for green electricity generation have been so successful in developing renewable energy projects that any current proposals for a federal clean energy standard could require little or no additional capacity. [AOL]

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 10 counties in New York as natural disaster areas due to excessive rain, flooding, hail, wind, cold and tornadoes between April 1 and Aug. 30. [AP]

Chevron was fined $28 million for an oil spill off the country’s coast and could face further penalties, state media reported on Monday. [CNN]

The November heat wave in Florida will continue today with the high temperature threatening to break a 64-year-old record for the date. [St. Petersburg Times]

Research at Iowa State University has led to discovery of a genetic method that can increase biomass in algae by 50 to 80 percent. [Science Daily]

Across the US, critical military installations are being put at risk by global warming. [Huffington Post]

People who believe there is a lot of disagreement among scientists about global warming tend to be less certain that global warming is happening and less supportive of climate policy, researchers at George Mason, San Diego State, and Yale Universities report in a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. [Science Daily]

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