Clean Start: January 17, 2012

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?

An offshore rig exploring possible oil and gas fields off Nigeria’s coast for Chevron caught fire Monday, and the oil company said officials were still trying to account for all those working there. [Guardian]

Temperatures in Russia in the past century rose at twice the rate of warming in the rest of the world, the Russian emergencies ministry said on Monday. [Ria Novosti]

Tata Technologies has developed a $20,000 electric vehicle. [Gas2]

Using an array of tactics to tackle methane and black carbon would quickly curb global warming and save millions of lives, while also boosting global food production. [Guardian]

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bangladesh, in partnership with BRAC, a Bangladesh-based non-governmental development organization, is building new houses more resilient to climate change-driven storms. [AlertNet]

Growing income and global warming could more than quadruple the economic damages caused by tropical storms around the world. [PhysOrg]

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