Clean Start: August 25, 2011

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 State Department will affirm the agency’s earlier finding that the Keystone XL pipeline will have “limited adverse environmental impacts,” removing a major roadblock to construction of the massive tar sands pipeline stretching from Canada to Texas when it releases its final environmental assessment of the project as soon as Friday. [Washington Post]

David Roberts takes an entertaining look at the National Review’s tortured attempt to respond Jon Huntsman’s statement that Republicans are in denial about global warming. [Grist]

Floods in northwest Pakistan have claimed more than 30 lives, as a riverbank overflowed during recent heavy rains, police said. [CNN]


Rachel Weiner notes that although Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman say they believe global warming pollution is real, they don’t support taking action to reduce it. [Washington Post]

China and India are poised on the brink of a water war. [India Today]

The Energy Information Administration, which is responsible for quantifying oil and gas supplies, has said it will slash its official estimate for the Marcellus Shale by nearly 80 percent. [NYT]

Hopes faded Thursday that 26 miners trapped for over two days in a flooded coal mine in northeast China would survive, as local officials were punished for the accident, the government and press said. [AFP]

If global warming continues as expected, biodiversity will collapse, new research indicates. [Science Daily]

USGS Alaska Science Center researchers, in cooperation with the Native Village of Point Lay, will attempt to attach 35 satellite radio-tags to walruses on the northwestern Alaska coast in August as part of their ongoing study of how the Pacific walrus are responding to reduced sea ice conditions in late summer and fall. [Science Daily]


As if Oklahomans needed another reason to despise the record-breaking heat wave that has gripped the state this summer, officials said Wednesday the heat is partly to blame for Oklahoma City doubling its number of ozone-related health advisories this year. [Oklahoman]

A Tuesday evening tornado in Wisconsin contributed to one fatality and left behind four uninhabitable homes and three destroyed barns. [Wasau Daily Herald]