Clean Start: June 30, 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?

Tropical Storm Arlene, the first cyclone of the 2011 Atlantic storm season, made landfall today on the Gulf Coast of Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center. [Bloomberg]

Oklahama has suffered through a record-shattering heatwave the entire month of June, with ten days in a row of 100+ temperatures in Oklahoma City, and no end in sight. [Examiner]

“A heat wave engulfing Kansas for the next few days is threatening cattle in the state’s feedlots while further stressing farm crops and rangeland already struggling with drought conditions.” [Kansas City Star]

After the largest wildfire in Arizona history, residents now have to worry about the summer monsoon rains leading to flooding in the burned out areas. [ABC15]

“Over the last five years, the insurance industry has become increasingly proactive on climate change, in terms of both underwriting and investment,” with reinsurance companies taking the lead. [Guardian]

Even before this spring’s clampdown on China’s public-interest lawyers, writers, and activists, China’s fledgling environmental community “felt the authorities’ noose tightening.” [E360]

“Seventeen of the 43 sponsors of the Heartland Institute’s Sixth International Conference on Climate Change, including the Heartland Institute itself, have collectively received over $46 million from either Scaife Foundations, Koch Foundations, or ExxonMobil and its foundation.” [DeSmogBlog]

A new study from Baylor University shows that droughts caused by global warming adversely affect water quality and make some pesticides more toxic and more likely to accumulate in fish. [Terra Daily]

“As a cost-cutting measure, the Oregon legislature voted to reduce solar tax incentives for both business and residential solar installations.” [Clean Energy Authority]

“The head of an Energy Department panel working to improve the safety of hydrofracking says the Environmental Protection Agency’s ongoing study of the practice, slated to be completed in 2014, is too slow to be of much use.” [Michigan Messenger]

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