Clean Start: July 25, 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?

With four grid-scale wind projects already built in Maine and another two under construction, the state is poised to surpass an important milestone as it moves toward its 2015 wind-power generation goal. [AP]

The fallout from a ruptured oil pipeline in the Yellowstone River this month is spilling into the debate over the construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. [WSJ]

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected any day now to tighten the standard for how much ozone is safe to breathe, but the level of ozone that scientists say is safe doesn’t sit well with industry. [MPR]

Nearly 80 percent of the one million rooftops in New York City are suitable for solar power. If every one of those roofs had solar panels, when the sun shines the brightest the city could get half its electricity from solar power. [CNN]

The heat wave likely killed two women in Indianapolis, found dead in their house without air conditioning. [CNN]

At least 10 Montrealers have died as a result of the heat wave that began sweeping southwestern Quebec Wednesday and ended Sunday. [Montreal Gazette]

“A U.S. team probing the causes of last year’s massive BP oil spill has delayed the release of its final report in order to more fully weigh the evidence, investigators said on Friday.” [Reuters]

“Dirty Dozen” chemicals, including the notoriously toxic DDT, are being freed from Arctic sea ice and snow through global warming, a study published on Sunday suggested. [AFP]

Texas aquifers are dropping at a precipitous rate because of the exceptional drought. [Star-Telegram]

Emails reveal “a cavalier attitude by US Army Corps of Engineers water managers who became complacent about flood control after meeting early-spring targets and repeatedly dismissed concerns about flooding during the two months leading up to the flooding that displaced thousands of residents along a 1,700-mile stretch of the Missouri River.” [Great Plains Examiner]

A U.N. food agency says there will be a donors pledging conference Wednesday in Nairobi to raise as much as $1.6 billion to help fight famine in Somalia and other drought-stricken populations in East Africa. [AP]

Underplanting and on-going drought in Georgia are bringing higher prices for peanuts and its cousin peanut butter. [Atlanta Business Chronicle]

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