Clean Start: October 17, 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?

Renewable energy has created a “gold rush” atmosphere in Germany’s depressed north-east, giving the country’s poorhouse good jobs and great promise. [Reuters]

The British oil company, BP, said Monday that a partner in a well that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, Anadarko Petroleum, had agreed to pay $4 billion to settle claims relating to last year’s oil spill. [NYT]

One in every four solar energy jobs in America is held by a Californian, and growth in the clean-tech industry is burgeoning nationwide, a new study said. [LA Times]


The Thai government is pushing ahead with a big rise in the minimum wage despite appeals from industry to shelve the plan to help companies cope with financial losses after the worst floods in half a century devastated parts of the country. [Reuters]

Killing feral camels to reduce the amount of methane they emit into the atmosphere provides an exciting opportunity to tackle global warming, the Australian climate change department says. [9 News]

Exxon Mobil is still fighting in court against having to pay for continued clean-up efforts in the Prince William Sound from the Exxon Valdez spill. [Blue Marble]

The death toll from torrential rains in Central America over the past week has almost doubled since Saturday to 81, with a further 25 lives lost in El Salvador, authorities said on Sunday. [Reuters]

New Kent County, Virginia, officials said Friday twice as many homes were damaged by a tornado that struck Thursday than they originally thought. [Claims Journal]