Clean Start: January 24, 2012

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President Barack Obama will encourage the country’s booming natural gas output in his State of the Union today, while defending his administration’s energy record. [Reuters]

Miyakojima, a Japanese island, is going “smart” with solar and wind power. [Asahi Shimbun]

New research shows huge variability in seawater pH, both within and across marine ecosystems, making global predictions of the impacts of ocean acidification a big challenge. [Science Daily]

Southeast Queensland is bracing for more drenching rain after the heaviest downpours since last summer caused widespread flash flooding across the region. [AAP]

A landslide swept through two villages in Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, covering much of the settlements in mud and leaving up to 40 people missing, officials and residents told Australian media. [Reuters]

Storms have forced tens of thousands of people from their homes and killed 22 in the southern African nation of Mozambique, disaster relief officials said Monday. [Washington Post]

House and Senate GOP staff for Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), Sens. Dick Lugar (R-IN), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and others gathered Monday afternoon for a conference call with TransCanada counsel to plot out how to push the Obama administration on the Keystone XL pipeline. [Politico]

In a letter to Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), chairman of the Energy and Commerce subpanel holding Wednesday’s hearing, Reps. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Bobby Rush (D-IL) asked that a Koch Industries representative be called as a witness to Wednesday’s hearing on the Keystone XL pipeline. [E&E News]

A coalition of environmental groups plans to stage a rally with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) against “Big Oil’s corruption” on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, hours before President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to Congress. [Reuters]

A rare winter tornado that swept through a southern Indiana community last week left a tool-and-die business with about $1 million in damage. [AP]

The currents of New York City’s East River may soon be harnessed with tidal turbines to produce electricity that can be sold to Consolidated Edison Inc. or the New York Power Authority. [Bloomberg]

Rising wealth in Asia and fishing subsidies are among factors driving overexploitation of the world’s fish resources, while fish habitat is being destroyed by pollution and climate change, U.N. marine experts said Tuesday. [Washington Post]

A weaker sun over the next 90 years is not likely to significantly delay a rise in global temperature caused by greenhouse gases, a report said Monday. [Reuters]

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