Clean Start: July 21, 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 hottest day of Toronto’s ongoing heat wave was already breaking records Thursday morning, as an imposing heat dome forced morning temperatures to their highest mark in more than 170 years. [CTV]

The lengthy, blistering heat wave that is blanketing the eastern half of the United States is putting significant stress on the nation’s power grid as homeowners and businesses crank up their air conditioners. [AP]

The dangerous heat wave baking the Midwest may have contributed to 13 deaths in the Kansas City, Missouri, metropolitan area this summer, a health official said Wednesday. [CNN]

Achim Steiner from the UN Environment Programme said climate change would “exponentially” increase the scale of natural disasters and “threatens peace.” [BBC]

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is hoping to push through an amendment to federal legislation slated to go before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Thursday that would give Alaska and other coastal states a significant cut of any offshore oil and gas revenue. [Alaska Dispatch]

Yet another crude oil pipeline leak spilled 55,000 gallons of oil into a creek in Swan Hills, Alberta on Tuesday. [AP]

Eighty percent of mankind’s recorded historical climate information is not accessible in digital format. [Science Daily]

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) is reviving his effort to block a Securities and Exchange Commission policy that pushes companies to disclose risks stemming from climate change in filings with regulators. [E2]

In the latest sign of how dry the current Texas drought has been, Lower Colorado River Authority officials say the flow of water from streams and creeks into the Highland Lakes in June was the worst ever recorded. [Austin Statesman]

A University at Buffalo-led research team has developed a mathematical framework that could one day form the basis of technologies that turn road vibrations, airport runway noise and other “junk” energy into useful power. [Science Daily]

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