Clean Start: January 19, 2012

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The Amazon rainforest is in flux, thanks to agricultural expansion and climate change. [Scientific American]

Federal and state officials have presented plans to hold BP to its promise to make the Gulf whole in the wake of the 2010 oil-spill disaster. [Fuel Fix]

The relatively warm weather is erasing a lot of demand for winter hats, coats, and gloves — and making some retailers sweat the bottom line. [NY Times]

The New York Times editorial board supports the Keystone XL decision… [NY Times]

…while the Wall Street Journal calls Obama the “anti-jobs president.” [WSJ]

TransCanada Corp. may lag other energy-infrastructure companies as it seeks new growth prospects following President Barack Obama’s rejection of its Keystone XL oil-sands crude pipeline. [Bloomberg]


TransCanada Corp.’s $7 billion Keystone XL oil pipeline still will move ahead with an alternate route after President Barack Obama’s decision to deny a permit, investors, public officials and analysts say. [Bloomberg]

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Republican Congressional Committee are paying for “promoted tweets” to attack the Keystone XL decision. [DeSmogBlog]

The National Weather Service has issued “ice storm warning” covering much of the Puget Sound area, including the Seattle metro area, through the morning hours. [Seattle Times]

The Pacific firehose of rain dropped more than 3 inches of rain on parts of the central and southern Oregon through late Wednesday night. [KOIN]

There were a record number of billion-dollar climate disasters in the United States in 2011, and taxpayers who suffered losses might be able to get some relief when they file their income tax returns. [Washington Post]


Storms in four central states on Tuesday brought reports of at least 10 tornadoes touching down, a rare event for this time of winter, including two in the Louisville, Kentucky metropolitan area, the National Weather Service said. [Reuters]

More than $20 million in emergency assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is bound for Iowa and Nebraska to help locals recover from the Missouri River flooding and other recent disasters. [Omaha World-Herald]

BP is likely to agree to pay the U.S. Department of Justice $20-$25 billion to settle all charges around the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to a leading analyst, a prediction that is at least twice what the company has set aside. [Reuters]

Butterflies and birds are no longer able to keep up with climate change — butterflies in Europe are now 135 kilometers behind the shifting climate zones and birds more than 200 kilometers. [Science Daily]

Geo-engineering advocates would have to choose between climate and sea-level rise. [Science Daily]