Clean Start: November 28, 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?

With intensifying climate disasters and global economic turmoil as the backdrop, delegates from 194 nations will gather in Durban, South Africa, starting Monday to try to advance, if only incrementally, the world’s response to dangerous climate change. [NY Times]

“With rising global CO2 emissions, the 2°C target that scientists consider the maximum for containing global warming within manageable limits is virtually no longer attainable,” warns Munich Re. [Munich Re]

“The U.S. is not able to show its partners how we are going to meet the 17 percent reduction President Obama committed to,” UCS scientist Alden Mayer says. [NPR]

Countries will make a last ditch effort to save a dying Kyoto Protocol at global climate talks starting on Monday aimed at cutting the greenhouse gas emissions blamed by scientists for rising sea levels, intense storms and crop failures. [Reuters]

In the past few weeks, Zimbabwe experienced record-breaking temperatures with some parts of the country soaring to 115 degrees Fahrenheit, and in the last 20-30 years, there has been an increase in rainfall variability and frequency and severity of droughts. [All Africa]

More than 77 elephants have died in a three-month heat wave that has dried up watering holes in western Zimbabwe, wildlife authorities said Wednesday. [AP]

This month, the U.N. food agency said more than 1 million Zimbabweans needed food aid and poor families, especially households with orphans and vulnerable children, can’t afford much of the food that is available. [AP]

Extreme weather due to global warming is pushing up food prices and putting the world’s most poor people at risk, Oxfam has warned. [ANI]

A new report suggests that up to one fifth of global energy could be provided by biomass without damaging food production. [Science Daily]

Peruvian police fired tear gas on Friday to break up a protest at Newmont Mining Corp’s proposed $4.8 billion Conga gold mine as the government tried to mediate a bitter environmental dispute over the project. [Reuters]

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