Clean Start: October 6, 2011

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The floodwaters of Tropical Storm Irene that ripped up roads and washed into living rooms across Vermont took a dramatic toll on quaint old villages — filling white, steepled churches with muck and knocking 19th-century clapboard houses off their foundations. [AP]

The European Union should be allowed to force all airlines to pay for their greenhouse gas emissions whenever they land or take off from European airports, a top adviser to the bloc’s highest court said Thursday. [NYT]

On Wednesday, Mattel announced that it will stop using paper products from companies “that are known to be involved in deforestation.” [Blue Marble]

China is on course to exceed forecasts for greenhouse gas emissions because its economy is growing faster than expected and becoming “locked in” to carbon-intensive activities, two studies warn this week. [Guardian]

A year after its creation, a federal-state working group on Wednesday released a preliminary strategy for addressing long-term environmental problems along the Gulf Coast, including the disappearance of wetlands and a seasonal dead zone caused by runoff from the Mississippi into the Gulf of Mexico. [NYT]

“Every single chance they had to do business with Iran, or anyone else, they did,” one ex-employee of Koch Industries told Bloomberg, adding “You feel totally betrayed. Everything Koch stood for was a lie.” [Price of Oil]

Flooding forced the evacuation of hundreds of inmates from a prison in central Thailand on Thursday and a prominent think tank slashed its forecast for economic growth this year as farmland was inundated and a big industrial estate had to close. [Reuters]

The House on Wednesday evening rejected 13 Democrat amendments to a bill that would delay pending EPA regulations affecting cement plants, and was expected to reject 10 others that will be debated later tonight. [The Hill]

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar defended President Obama’s record on the environment amid deepening criticism from green allies over a 2008 campaign promise to “end the tyranny of oil,” saying that we’ve left the “Hummer Age.” [ABC News]

The October heat wave continues in Minnesota with record-breaking weather. [KARE]

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