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Clean Start: December 12, 2011

By Brad Johnson  

"Clean Start: December 12, 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?

The worst single-year drought in Texas history has seriously damaged the state’s roads. [KUT]

A major winter storm is moving into Arizona. [KVOA]

Indonesia‘s commodity-rich Sumatra and Kalimantan regions are among areas at high risk of flooding in December, the state weather agency said on Monday. [Reuters]

Storm-force winds that brought havoc to Scotland and northern England are expected to return to other parts of the UK from tonight, forecasters said. [Yorkshire Post]

The final tally for insured losses from the Bastrop wildfire in Texas is projected to hit $325 million from the destruction of 1,673 homes. [Claims Journal]

An offshore winter storm warning is in effect for Los Angeles County through Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. [Montrose Patch]

“From crippling snowstorms to the second deadliest tornado year on record to epic floods, drought and heat, and the third busiest hurricane season on record, we’ve witnessed the extreme of nearly every weather category,” said NOAA spokesman Christopher Vaccaro of 2011. [CNN]

An unusually hot melting season in 2010 accelerated ice loss in southern Greenland by 100 billion tons — and large portions of the island’s bedrock rose an additional quarter of an inch in response. [ScienceDaily]

You wouldn’t know it from reading the papers, but it’s been an eventful few weeks for the story of the century — global warming and climate disruption, and the efforts by various nations and other interests to act on it or block action on it. [Crosscut]

The hard-fought deal at a global climate conference in South Africa keeps talks alive but doesn’t address the core problem: The world’s biggest carbon polluters aren’t willing to cut emissions of greenhouse gases enough to stave off dangerous levels of global warming. [AP]

If the world does not widely deploy carbon capture and storage by the 2020s, the cost of limiting global temperatures would rise by $1.1 trillion, the International Energy Agency said last month in its annual outlook. [Reuters]

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