Clean Start: June 29, 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?

The Los Alamos National Laboratory “will remain closed through at least Thursday as a wildfire rages nearby,” officials said. [CNN]

“Epic floods, massive wildfires, drought and the deadliest tornado season in 60 years are ravaging the United States, with scientists warning that climate change will bring even more extreme weather.” [AFP]

America’s national parks are threatened by unchecked human development, voracious invasive species and climate change and the government has failed to protect or catalog millions of priceless artifacts,” according to a decade-long report released by the National Parks Conservation Association. [Greenwire]

“The solar power industry is facing a double threat from a Congress that may turn off the flow of federal subsidies and take a pass on mandating renewable-energy standards that would increase demand.” [USA Today]

Speculative commodities trading on Wall Street is significantly inflating prices at the gas pump,” according to a new report by researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. [Dealbook]

“BP has been able to delay and deny efforts to assess the damage caused by its 2010 oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico because it controls the funding for those efforts,” a Louisiana state official told senators yesterday. [Forbes]

“The sum total of flood damage in Missouri to this year’s crops could easily eclipse the destruction cause by the record flooding in 1993,” according to the Missouri Farm Bureau. [Missouri News Horizon]

A scorching heat wave in Arizona with temperatures hitting 115 has claimed its first known victim. [KTAR]

The entire state of Texas is now eligible for federal assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, following a drought and wildfire disaster declaration for 213 counties. The remaining 41 are eligible as contiguous counties. [KCBD]

The largest wildfire in Arizona history “inflicted a serious toll on an ecosystem that’s home to numerous endangered species.” [AP]

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