Clean Start: March 29, 2012

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Entering a fourth day fighting a deadly wildfire that destroyed dozens of homes west of Denver, authorities were hoping Thursday to contain more of the blaze as they searched for a missing woman in the fire zone. [AP]

The current spell of unseasonably warm weather across the United Kingdom could come to an abrupt end as forecasters are today warning snow could be on its way after the weekend. [EADT]

The Pennsylvania House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to authorize millions of dollars to fix bridges damaged in last year’s back-to-back storms, although the measure requires Senate approval. [AP]

China’s Three Gorges Corp. on Thursday marked the beginning of construction for a dam that will flood the last free-flowing portion of the middle reaches of the Yangtze, the country’s longest river. [Reuters]

Proposed greenhouse emission rules for new power plants unveiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on March 27 spell the gradual demise of coal-fired power generation and entrench the current cost advantage for natural gas. [Reuters]

Global warming is leading to such severe storms, droughts and heat waves that nations should prepare for an unprecedented onslaught of deadly and costly weather disasters, an international panel of climate scientists says in a report issued Wednesday. [AP]

Russia’s fourth-largest oil company, Surgut, reported a 81 percent year-on-year rise in 2011 net profit to 233.158 billion roubles ($7.93 billion), the company said on Thursday. [Reuters]

Environmental groups warned Thursday they fear an oil spill could be triggered at a North Sea offshore platform that has been leaking highly pressurized gas since the weekend. [Washington Post]

The collapse of an ice sheet in Antarctica up to 14,650 years ago might have caused sea levels to rise between 14 and 18 meters (46-60 feet), a study showed on Wednesday, data which could help make more accurate climate change predictions. [Chicago Tribune]

In China, carbon capture for coal-fired power plants marches steadfastly ahead, as an article in the May issue of Bloomberg Markets magazine reports. [Bloomberg]

The Obama administration Wednesday took steps toward oil and gas exploration off the coast of Alaska and in the Atlantic Ocean. [Fox Business News]

The African-American community should embrace the sustainability movement, said Andre Pettigrew, executive director of Climate Prosperity Inc., a nonprofit based in Washington D.C. [St. Louis American]

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