Clean Start: July 22, 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?

“This is our Munich moment,” Britain’s Energy and Climate Change Minister Chris Huhne said of international efforts to find a successor to the United Nations Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse pollution. [Reuters]

Russia is prospecting new claims for offshore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean as the polar ice recedes due to the burning of oil and gas. [Voice of Russia]

A wildfire has consumed more than 300,000 acres in southeast Georgia, 11 weeks after it was sparked by lightning in the drought-stricken Okefenokee Swamp. [AP]


The heat wave appears to have slowed to an unbearable crawl across the Great Lakes and Northeast, and no relief from the triple-digit temperatures is expected until Saturday. [OurAmazingPlanet]

The heat wave has killed at least three people in metropolitan Detroit. [WDIV]

At least one person died, and dozens sought medical treatment in Wisconsin as the result of this week’s heat wave. [WHBL]

No end to the heat wave is in sight as Oklahoma prepares to enter what is traditionally its hottest month of the year. [Oklahoman]

Fox News built a segment around a press release from Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) declaring EPA grants to foreign nations the “Outrage Of The Year.” [Media Matters]