KIRUNA, Sweden (AP) — Arctic states agreed Wednesday to let nations that are located nowhere near the Earth's north to become observers to their diplomatic council, boosting rising economic powers China, India and South Korea, which are seeking to mine the region for its untapped energy and other natural resources.
The Obama administration should do more to make federal climate change information available to communities coping with higher tides, strong storms and other problems caused by warmer temperatures, government auditors say.
The Government Accountability Office called on President Barack Obama to tap a single office to get climate change data into the hands of local infrastructure planners. The information exists in "an uncoordinated confederation of networks and institutions" that is not readily available to communities, it found.
Liberal watchdog group Checks and Balances Project said the State Department inspector general is investigating potential conflicts of interests in the department's environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline, The Hill reports.