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Clean Start: November 29, 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?

Leaders of China’s solar power industry rejected a U.S. trade complaint that they receive unfair government support and said Tuesday possible sanctions would hurt American consumers and development of clean energy. [Washington Post]

The Interior Department’s offshore drilling branch is preparing to issue a second round of regulatory violation notices to companies involved in last year’s BP oil spill, a top official said Monday. [The Hill]

On Monday, one of China’s three main state-owned oil and gas producers, CNOOC, said it had completed its takeover of troubled tar sands producer OPTI Canada, the latest in a string of investments. [BBC]

The chief economist for the International Energy Agency said Monday that current global energy consumption levels put the Earth on a trajectory to warm by 6 degrees Celsius (10.8 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by 2100, an outcome he called “a catastrophe for all of us.” [Washington Post]

Global temperatures in 2011 are currently the 10th highest on record and are higher than any previous year with a cooling La Niña event. [Afrique en Ligne]

Disaster areas have been declared across flood-hit parts of northern New South Wales, Australia, as emergency services prepare for more rain. [ABC]

Rising waters from widespread rain led to the early dismissal of public school students in western North Carolina on Monday. [Hendersonville Times-News]

Asian cities are increasingly at risk from rising sea levels and severe droughts and governments need to develop integrated urban plans that address urgent issues on water supply, flooding, transportation, and solid waste, a climate change expert said. [Reuters]

Observations at submarine springs found along the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula are giving scientists a preview of the possible fate of coral reef ecosystems in response to ocean acidification. [Science Daily]

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