Despite progress, huge fire near Los Alamos mostly out of control. CNN

Senator Inhofe sends his regrets. New York Times

NM fire poised to be largest in state history. Associated Press

Raging wildfires threaten New Mexico tourism. USA Today

Oklahoma City heat wave records fall: No relief in sight.

Fire crews burn barrier to protect Los Alamos lab. USA Today

Extreme heat breaks Tulsa record. Tulsa World

Los Alamos nuclear lab under siege from wildfire. Associated Press

Tornadoes, floods deliver blow to state budgets. Associated Press

Oyster harvesters remain wary after Mississippi River flooding. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Banks are lending money to energy exploration projects again despite last year’s oil spill. New Orleans Times-Picayune

The Mississippi, no longer muddy, still a threat. Bloomberg

With the Bonnet Carre Spillway closed, it’s time to assess damage to Lake Pontchartrain. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Global energy consumption jumped last year at fastest pace in decades. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Battlement Mesa may be test case on whether drilling and suburbia can coexist. Denver Post

Mississippi River flood recovery is slow and sad for many. Associated Press

The fire and climate change feedback loop. Living on Earth

Mexicans try to break climate talk deadlock. Associated Press

Cuban experts warn median sea levels to surge more than 30 inches by century’s end. Associated Press

Southwest wildfires and global warming, explained. Climate Central

Arizona blaze part of new era – more big wildfires. Associated Press

Mississippi flooding could mean largest Gulf dead zone ever. Associated Press

NM panels roll back environmental initiatives. Associated Press

Rocky Mountain wildfires set to intensify? New West

Monster wildfire in Arizona: A glimpse of what global warming could bring. Christian Science Monitor

New Mexico, El Paso warily watch Arizona wildfire. New York Times

Environmental groups challenge Shell’s deepwater permit. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Fishermen say crab industry still in disarray. Thibodaux Daily Comet

Massive Wallow blaze incinerates Ariz. forests, but climate change link remains unknown. ClimateWire

Louisiana is losing a football field of wetlands an hour, new U.S. Geological Survey study says. New Orleans Times Picayune

Mexico advances renewable goals but “much more” could be done. Renewable Energy World

Levee will help tie hurricane protection projects. Houma Courier

Drought grows more dire in Texas and Oklahoma. Reuters

Drought makes 2011 second-driest year on record in Louisiana. New Orleans Times Picayune

NM regulators push for use of wind energy. Las Cruces Sun-News

Report on Colorado River notes climate change. Associated Press

Sen. Inhofe pledges to block Commerce nomination. The Hill

Okla. AG files lawsuit against EPA over haze plan. Associated Press

Environmentalists file lawsuit ahead of NM pollution controls hearing. Associated Press

City looks into solar power. Alamogordo Daily News

As hurricane season begins, New Orleans has unprecedented protection. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Percentage of homes with flood insurance back to pre-Katrina levels. WWL

Hurricane surge-reduction system maintenance will be costly, for someone. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Largest-ever dead zone ‘a disaster in the making’ for La. fishermen. Greenwire