Clean Start: August 17, 2011

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As President Barack Obama set out on day two of a three-day bus tour of the Midwest, the administration announced it is investing up to $510 million over the next three years to spur the use of advanced biofuels in the military. [Quad City Times]

Firefighters worked through the night to control a wildland blaze that had burned through at least 2,000 acres in Northern Nevada Tuesday. [RGJ]

Wichita Falls has registered its most days in a calendar year in which the temperature was 100 degrees or more, with 80 days so far at or above 100 degrees in 2011, breaking the 1980 record. [Wichita Times Record]


The cisco, a key forage fish found in Wisconsin’s deepest and coldest bodies of water, could become a climate change casualty and disappear from most of the Wisconsin lakes it now inhabits by the year 2100, according to a new study. [Science Daily]

China’s marine authorities expressed growing frustration at the failure of a unit of ConocoPhillips to contain a two-month oil spill that has spread across the northeast coast and again urged it to halt the leak by the end of August. [Reuters]

Inuit hunters fighting to continue their traditional lifestyle in the melting Arctic have turned to Colorado scientists for help. [Denver Post]

Sun-baked fields are as hard as rock, and moisture levels deep into the soil are nearly nonexistent as drought persists throughout much of the U.S. southern Plains, putting prospects for a bountiful 2012 harvest in jeopardy. [Reuters]

A draft discussion paper from the New York State Department Of Transportation projects that unconventional gas and hydraulic fracturing will have “ominous” costs to the state’s transportation infrastructure, requiring the reconstruction of hundreds of miles of roads and numerous bridges. [DeSmogBlog]

Virginia lawmakers from both parties are pushing to open up its coast to offshore drilling. [Reuters]

The Irrawaddy dolphin population in the Mekong River numbers roughly 85, with the survival of new calves very low, suggesting they are at high risk of extinction, environmental group WWF said Wednesday. [Reuters]