Clean Start: August 10, 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?

Monsanto will begin farm trials of its drought-tolerant corn seed next spring, marking the global seed giant’s first roll-out of seeds genetically engineered for global climate change. [Reuters]

With commodity markets across the globe in the thrall of extreme weather fueled by greenhouse pollution, private-sector meteorologists are increasingly providing custom-tailored weather intelligence to the financial world. [Reuters]

“There’s no forage and no water,” said Cherokee County Texas AgriLife extension agent Aaron Low about the ongoing drought. “Things look pretty bleak.” [Cherokeean]

Thunderstorms in Tulsa, OK, on Monday night came with tornado-strength winds. [Tulsa World]

The extreme cold in January and February and extreme heat in June, July and August have led to a record number of water main breaks in Tulsa. [Tulsa World]


At least 40 structures have been damaged or destroyed after a wildfire swept through rural Pawnee County in northern Oklahoma. [AP]

Ford is announcing that it is teaming with an established solar provider, SunPower, to sell a solar energy system through Ford dealers in conjunction with the Focus electric sedan that goes on sale later this year. [USA Today]

Monroe, Michigan is getting at least 150 new jobs, thanks to the new wind turbine tower plant that celebrated its new home with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning. [Detroit Free Press]