"Clean Start: February 7, 2012"
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Extreme to exceptional drought is now ongoing in Southeast Georgia and Southeast South Carolina. [WSAV]
A two-year drought is ravaging farmers and communities across a broad swath of central, northwestern and northern Mexico. [NPR]
In Greece, rescuers had to help five elderly people escape Tuesday from their flooded homes after the river Evros burst its banks near the country’s northeastern border with Bulgaria. [AP]
New Mexico’s participation in a regional cap and trade program aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions became more unlikely Monday with a unanimous vote by state regulators, appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez (R-NM). [AP]
The U.S. is producing so much natural gas that, where the government warned four years ago of a critical need to boost imports, it now may approve an export terminal. [Bloomberg]
BP said it was preparing “vigorously” for lawsuits related to its Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which are due to start later this month, as it unveiled a rise in fourth-quarter earnings boosted by higher oil prices and one-off gains. [Reuters]
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is visiting China to discuss oil sales and other economic ties. [Washington Post]
If the globe keeps warming and the seas keep rising, the country of Palau could be wiped off the map. So the Pacific island is teaming up with other small island nations to fight the threat of climate change — in the International Court of Justice. [LA Times]
Quantum Energy Partners, the $6.5 billion Houston-based private-equity firm, is bankrolling a company to acquire offshore U.S. oil fields as rival explorers shift attention to shale and other so-called unconventional prospects. [Businessweek]
The global wind power market rose 6 percent to 41 gigawatts last year, led by China, which captured more than two-fifths of the total, the Global Wind Energy Council said today in a report. [Businessweek]
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency withdrew proposed regulations meant to strengthen protections for streams after business groups complained that they might cost too much. [Columbus Dispatch]
Last month turned out to be the most expensive January ever at U.S. gasoline pumps, boosted by growing economic strength. [LA Times]