Clean Start: July 5, 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?

Warming of the ocean’s subsurface layers will melt underwater portions of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets faster than previously thought, according to new University of Arizona-led research. [Science Daily]

In a major setback for the oil and gas industry, the French Senate last week voted 176 to 151 to ban hydraulic fracturing. [DeSmogBlog]

The Consumer Federation of America has come out in favor of the White House proposal to raise average fuel economy requirements for cars and light trucks to 56 miles per gallon by 2025. [Detroit Free Press]


Hundreds of barrels of crude oil spilled into Montana’s Yellowstone River after an ExxonMobil pipeline beneath the riverbed ruptured, sending a plume 25 miles downstream and forcing temporary evacuations, officials said. [AP]

A torrent of mud and rocks sometimes reaching a few feet high and a foot-and-a-half across from heavy rains tore down Poplar Street in Plymouth, Pennsylvania, Sunday afternoon, burying cars, ripping up sidewalks and the road and damaging houses. [Scranton Times-Tribune]

Incessant rains in parts of Assam and the upper reaches of neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh in India have caused flash floods in Sonitpur and Dhemaji districts, where nearly 30,000 people are affected. [The Hindu]