Clean Start: December 2, 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?

Scientists have shown that sulfur dioxide levels in the vicinity of major coal power plants in the eastern United States have fallen by nearly half since 2005. [Science Daily]

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A drop in carbon dioxide appears to be the driving force that led to the Antarctic ice sheet’s formation, according to a recent study led by scientists at Yale and Purdue universities of molecules from ancient algae found in deep-sea core samples. [Science Daily]

Major multilateral development banks have provided financing of over $40 billion to fossil-fuel energy development since 2008, and only $25.5 billion to clean energy projects. [Price of Oil]

A new NOAA report finds that 2006 marked a major shift in the Arctic Ocean system to a warmer regime. [Blue Marble]

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a global warming denier who used his office to persecute climate scientists, is running for governor. [Politico]

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President Barack Obama has declared four New Jersey counties disasters in the wake of the Oct. 29 snowstorm. [My Central Jersey]