Clean Start: November 9, 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?

A tornado that killed at least 100 calves in Oklahoma on Monday was an EF2, the National Weather Service said Tuesday. [Oklahoman]

Environmental groups have filed U.S. federal lawsuits against National Coal operations in Tennessee to cover two mines and one coal refuse disposal site. [Platts]

The death toll as a result of a rock slide at a coal mine in central China has risen to ten after two seriously injured miners died from their wounds, a mine official confirmed on Tuesday. [BNO News]


BP will no longer be responsible for cleaning up oil that winds up on shores of the Gulf Coast unless officials can prove it comes from the company’s well that blew out in 2010, causing the worst offshore spill in U.S. history, according to a plan approved by the Coast Guard and obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday. [AP]

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) said Tuesday evening that she would vote against a resolution from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) that would overturn an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule aimed at ensuring upwind states don’t pollute the air of downwind states. [The Hill]

New demographic analysis reveals that the carbon emissions of the average American increase until around the age of 65, and then start to decrease. [Science Daily]

Along with widespread thunderstorms, an approaching cold front brought at least one tornado to the Houston area Tuesday. [Houston Chronicle]

Results of a study published this week in the journal Science show how fast animal and plant populations would need to move to keep up with recent climate change effects in the ocean and on land. [Science Daily]


Across the Midwest, residents of flooded communities have been wrestling with the decision of whether to return or retreat from the rivers that have asserted their domain over the homes along their banks. [New York Times]

The number of species recognized as endangered is ever increasing and a new study by a University of York academic, published in Conservation Biology, reveals the unanimity among conservation scientists of expectations of a major loss of biological diversity. [Science Daily]

Fish and other sea creatures will have to travel large distances to survive climate change, international marine scientists have warned. [Science Daily]

Nebraska lawmakers debated on Tuesday tightening eminent domain rules for procuring land during the second day of a special session to discuss bills related to the proposed $7 billion Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. [Reuters]