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Clean Start: December 20, 2011

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The year-long drought in Texas may have killed up to half-billion trees, or roughly 2 to 10 percent of all its trees, the Texas Forest Service reports. [Washington Post]

Google and the private equity firm KKR & Co. are announcing their investment in four solar farms in California, showing investor interest in the industry. [Wall Street Journal]

Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment and Utah Moms for Clean Air are suing Kennecott, Rio Tinto for polluting the Salt Lake Valley air. [ABC 4 News]

India may jump into the solar fight between the U.S. and China. India may begin an anti-dumping probe next month focused on imports of Chinese solar products. [Bloomberg]

Cornell University wins a competition for a vision of building a campus with sloping rooftops equipped with solar panels and plants that filter storm water, on an island in New York’s East River. [San Fransisco Chronicle]

Several long-distance land and air migrations are in peril, says a report by the Wildlife Conservation Society, as animals face new challenges such as lost routes and added roadblocks through climate change. [NYT]

This weekend, Shell spilled 13,000 gallons of oil and drilling fluids into the Gulf at a site near the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The company has shut down the drilling rig for now, though it says the leak was not from a well on the ocean floor as last year’s spill was. [Alabama News]

A report finds the key polluters in Delhi, India are coal-fired power plants, industry, and brick kilns supplying bricks for the city’s construction projects. According to the research group Urbanemissions’ data, car pollution accounts for 24 percent or less of key pollutants. [NYT]

The world’s largest oil producer, Russia, spills a leak equivalent to the Deepwater Horizon spill about every two months, or at least 1 percent of its annual oil production, 5 million tons, every year. [AP]

A music video created by students at New York University about hydrofracking is listed second on TIME’s most creative videos of the year. “My Water’s On Fire Tonight (The Fracking Song)” explains fracking in simpler terms to teach people about the process and the dangers. [TIME]

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