Clean Start: December 7, 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?

A rising star among climatologists, Katharine Hayhoe, the daughter of missionaries, is also an evangelical Christian. [LA Times]

Global investors have spent more than $1 trillion on clean energy since 2004, Bloomberg New Energy Finance announced Tuesday. [Forbes]

An unusual confluence of environmental, political and economic events are colliding to take down the coal-fired power plant, shifting American power generation from the country’s historically dominant fuel source. [Politico]

Aon Benfield’s Monthly Cat Recap report, which reviews the climate disaster perils that occurred worldwide during November, concludes that insured losses from the flood in Thailand could top $10 billion, while floods in Europe will exceed $1 billion. [Insurance Journal]

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found peak attendance in U.S. national parks that have experienced climate change is happening earlier, compared to 30 years ago. [Science Daily]

The Calgary Herald reports that the decision on the controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline was delayed until late 2013, a year later than planned. [DeSmogBlog]

Five U.S. senators urged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to reject Republican efforts to make approval of the Keystone XL pipeline part of a payroll tax cut bill expected to pass through Congress in the next two weeks. [Reuters]

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