VATICAN CITY (AP) — A draft copy of Pope Francis' eagerly awaited encyclical on the environment calls for urgent action to protect the Earth and fight global warming, which the pope says is "mostly" due to human activity and the burning of fossil fuels.
The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the document that was leaked to the Italian newsweekly L'Espresso and published on its website Monday was not the final version and that the official encyclical would still be released as scheduled on Thursday.
BEIJING (AP) — China will complete land reclamation projects on its disputed South China Sea territorial claims as planned within days, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, in an apparent bid to reassure its neighbors over moves seen as sharpening tensions in the strategically vital region.
However, in a sign that developments were far from over, a statement posted to the ministry's website said China would follow up by building infrastructure to carry out functions ranging from maritime search and rescue to environmental conservation and scientific research.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations and other global institutions aren't equipped to tackle today's global challenges ranging from massive violence in fragile states to runaway climate change and global economic shocks, a high-level commission said in a report released Tuesday.
The Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance issued a series of proposals aimed at reforming the U.N., strengthening cooperation at all levels of society to deal with these challenges, and putting greater focus on preventing conflicts and restoring peace to countries emerging from violence.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Photos of the pipeline that spilled oil on the Santa Barbara coast show extensive corrosion and provide clues about the cause of the rupture, experts said.
Corrosion visible around the crack, coupled with wear documented inside the pipe, led Robert Bea, a civil engineering professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, to believe the pipe burst during a pressure spike when the operator restarted pumps that had failed the morning of the May 19 spill.
SEATTLE (AP) — An attempt at a protesters' blockade failed to stop a Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig Monday as it left Seattle on its way to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean.
Some protesters had indicated they hoped to confront the Polar Pioneer off Port Townsend on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. However, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Amanda Norcross said late Monday night that a gale warning was in effect in that area until Tuesday morning. She said the Coast Guard had not had interactions with protesters there.
The Center on Global Energy Policy to host a presentation and two panel discussions on the path forward for the Renewable Fuel Standard in the aftermath of the Environmental Protection Agency's three-year proposal.
The House Energy and Commerce subcommittees on Energy and Power and Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade to hold joint hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to lower ground-level ozone standards and its impact on manufacturing.
A 30-second television ad highlighting the importance of energy development in Alaska is running in markets throughout the state ahead of President Obama’s visit set for Monday, paid for by the Arctic Slope Regional Corp., which hold North Slope drilling rights and represents around 12,000 native Alaskans, FuelFix reports.
Delivering the keynote address at an energy expo in Tulsa Wednesday, Gov. Mary Fallin, R-Okla., called for a strong national energy policy that includes construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and the lifting of the U.S. ban on crude exports, the Tulsa World reports.
Seven groups – including the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Integrity Project -- gave notice Wednesday that they intend to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to update the regulations that govern the handling of drilling waste, E&E reports.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers have been turning up the volume in their attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency’s potential moves to lower ozone limits in the atmosphere, National Journal reports.
Smaller drilling companies around the world are putting exploration plans on hold as they take steps to cut costs in the face of falling oil prices, which could mean a big drop in future discoveries of deposits, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Energy Information Administration says U.S. ethanol production has dropped to May levels at 952,000 barrels a day, although stockpiles increased for a second straight week to 18.628 million barrels, Platts reports.
Gains in global stock markets alongside a pipeline shutdown in Nigeria sent oil prices soaring Thursday. U.S. benchmark crude jumped $2.93 a barrel to $41.55 on the Nymex, while in London Brent rose $3 a barrel to $46.32, The Financial Times reports.
If the Bureau of Land Management imposed new rules that cut down on natural gas venting and flaring on federal lands, taxpayers could get millions more in royalty payments, according to ads being run by the Western Values Project and Taxpayers for Common Sense, The Hill reports.
NASA is warning that ocean levels may rise three feet or more by the end of the century, with scientists attributing the change to melting glaciers, melting ice sheets and ocean expansion due to climate change, the Los Angeles Times reports.