Clean Start: April 2, 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?

The report “Little Fish, Big Impact” details how fishing has increased for these fish, which now account for 37 percent, by weight, of all fish harvested worldwide, up from about 8 percent half a century ago. The report cites several cases in which overfishing of forage fish has led to the collapse of populations of larger fish or other predators, and suggests that such cases could increase unless catches are reduced. [NYT]

A Democratic outside group backing President Barack Obama’s re-election bid is trying to tie Republican Mitt Romney to the oil industry, responding to an ad assailing Obama’s energy record. [Washington Post]

At pancake breakfasts and town hall meetings across the country during the two-week congressional recess, lawmakers will come face-to-face with constituents who are fuming about soaring gas prices. [The Hill]

Globally, 78 per cent of young people said they want their favorite brands to reduce their carbon footprint, but again those in Chinese showed the highest demand for emission reductions with 88 per cent calling on firms to cut their footprint. [Business Green]

From the Washington Post Editorial Board “Lawmakers, particularly on the right, seem most politically allergic to the most obvious climate policies. The result is a ramshackle collection of clean-energy subsidies, EPA mandates and state actions that can be both expensive and underwhelming.” [Washington Post]

Comparing the data sets, separated by more than a century in time, reveals that, yes, the ocean is warming. On average, the global ocean is warmer by roughly 0.6 degrees Celsius at the surface and 0.1 degrees at depth. [Scientific American]

The GOP candidates for president have seized on high gas prices as a line of attack against President Obama, largely saying the answer is more domestic oil drilling. But one of those candidates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, used to have a position at least somewhat at odds with that. [NPR]

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