Clean Start: November 23, 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?

Heavy rains that caused street flooding and pushed several rivers to flood stage in western Washington state Tuesday will continue into Wednesday evening before letting up, forecasters said. [The Daily News]

The November storm that brought heavy rain to the Washington lowlands and snow to the mountains is blamed for the collapse of part of a roof on a Tacoma building and a landslide that temporarily closed part of an east King County highway. [AP]

Torrential rainfall drenched already saturated grounds in West Virginia Tuesday, causing streams and creeks to overflow their banks, flood roadways and create numerous problems for residents and emergency personnel. [WV Metro News]


A record 4.41 inches of rain in Hot Springs, Arkansas, brought flood waters that sank boats and docks on Lake Hamilton. [THV]

The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood advisory for Ocean City, New Jersey on Wednesday because of expected torrential rains. [Ocean City Patch]

The latest rounds of rain were certainly welcome but did little to relieve the extreme drought across some of the hardest-hit areas of Texas. [Star-Telegram]

The Levy Prairie fire near Gainsville, Florida that has left the region hazed with smoke is burning deep in dry muck that failed to get enough summer rain to keep from igniting, said Florida Forest Service spokeswoman Ludie Bond. []

After nearly four months of battling the Great Dismal Swamp fire within the swamp’s 110,000 acres of unforgiving forested marshland in southeastern Virginia, firefighters have extinguished the blaze. [LA Times]


Joplin, Missouri on Tuesday observed the sixth-month anniversary of the EF-5 tornado May 22 that killed 161 people and destroyed some 900 buildings. [Reuters]

The acidification of the world’s oceans from an excess of CO2 emissions has already begun, as evidenced recently by the widespread mortality of oyster larvae in the Pacific Northwest. [e360]

Brazil may ban Chevron from drilling in its deep water oilfields as punishment for the 3,000 barrel oil spill from the company’s Frade project. [Price of Oil]

Nebraska governor Dave Heineman signed into law on Tuesday bills to reroute the Keystone XL pipeline away from the ecologically sensitive Sandhills region. [Reuters]

Google Inc has abandoned its ambitious project to make renewable energy cheaper than coal with concentrated solar, but is continuing its energy efficiency projects. [Google]

A new scientific study offers a comprehensive view of how to manage forests and wood products to maintain ecological value and maximize carbon pollution reductions. [Science Daily]


Economic problems in Europe and elsewhere should not get in the way of a new pact to fight global warming, China’s top climate official said on Tuesday ahead of major climate talks in South Africa. [Reuters]

The real “Climategate” scandal, Brendan Demelle says, is that the UK police spent a measly $8,843 in its failed attempt to identify the criminal who hacked the University of East Anglia. [DeSmogBlog]