Clean Start: February 23, 2012

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Some birds are adjusting their migration patterns and adapting to climate change better than others, researchers found. [Bloomberg]

A crucial flood monitoring system used for 46 years on the Connecticut River in Middletown was shut down Friday because of a lack of federal funding, according to a meteorologist from the National Weather Service. []

Tensions with Iran are adding at least 30 cents to a gallon of gasoline in the United States, and experts say gas prices have only just begun to rise. [CNN]

BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp are liable for civil damages under federal pollution laws over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a U.S. judge ruled, exposing them to billions of dollars in potential fines. [KGMI]

For the second time in recent months, northern Georgia has been hit with what is believed to be a tornado that struck the Kingston Highway area Wednesday night, leaving one person dead and many residents preparing to clean up. [Rome Newswire]

The family holding company that controls Danish toymaker Lego has agreed to buy 32 percent of a German offshore wind energy project from Denmark’s DONG Energy for more than $500 million, DONG said on Thursday. [Reuters]

Hurricane-force winds and blowing snow are wreaking havoc in Denver. [Associated Press]

The UK Ministry of Defense is to de-classify submarine data to help shed light on climate change in the Arctic. [BBC]

Canadian Solar, one of the world’s largest solar companies, announced the supply of 2,800 solar modules for a rooftop system in the Danish city of Virum. [MarketWatch]

Promise Energy, an affiliate of Adam Capital – a leading clean energy finance company – has announced a major US distribution agreement with Baymak, a division of BDR Thermea – a global leader in solar heating and storage equipment. [Promise Energy]

Germany’s government will reduce solar power incentives by between 20 percent and 30 percent from March 9, rather than from April 1, which is what had been expected, a statement released by the Economy and Environment ministries said on Thursday. [Reuters]

Thousands of coastal residents, business people and property owners will be affected by a trial starting Feb. 27 in New Orleans federal court to determine who must compensate BP spill victims. [Bloomberg]

President Obama is heading to Florida on Thursday to promote an energy strategy that the administration says will reduce dependence on foreign oil in the long term, with the subtext that the federal government can do little to halt the current rise in gasoline prices. [AP]

Energy Secretary Steven Chu will appear before a U.S. Senate committee on March 13 to discuss an Obama administration-ordered analysis of his agency’s clean- energy loan program, which gave money to failed Solyndra LLC. [Bloomberg]

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