Clean Start: September 9, 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?

Penn State University glaciologist Richard B. Alley is the winner of the first Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication. [Climate Media Forum]

Researchers say that a series of pole-to-pole science flights has produced the first global portrait of the distribution of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. [Red Orbit]

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) said Thursday that President Obama’s decision to scuttle upcoming ozone pollution standards was a mistake “substantively and politically.” [The Hill]


Iowa has received a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study and promote bioenergy, wind energy, energy efficiency and energy policy. [Des Moines Register]

Fish exposed to an Exxon Mobil Corp. oil spill into the Yellowstone River are safe to eat despite some crude found in their internal organs, Montana wildlife officials said Thursday. [AP]

“While it is not yet clear what the ultimate strength of this La Nina will be, La Nina conditions have returned and are expected to gradually strengthen and continue into the Northern Hemisphere winter (of) 2011–12,” the Climate Prediction Center forecast Thursday. [Reuters]

Raging wildfires and scorching heat across the South over the last week added to the human, economic and agricultural toll of a historic drought that climatologists said was only growing more dire. [Reuters]

Cotton futures jumped to their highest point in nearly two months as storm damage to southern U.S. cotton fields added a new layer of worry over the size and quality of this year’s domestic crop. [WSJ]


The Susquehanna River, swollen by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee, spilled into downtown Binghamton on Thursday and threatened riverfront towns in Pennsylvania, and nearly 100,000 people were ordered to pack up and leave their homes. [AP]