Below is our morning round-up of the latest in climate, environment and clean energy. Here is what we’re reading. What are you?
Alaska polar bears are losing their fur and U.S. Geological Survey scientists don’t know why. [Associated Press]
The French energy company Total estimates that its North Sea Elgin field gas well is leaking about 200,000 cubic meters of natural gas per day. If the gas continues escaping at that rate, and all of it reaches the atmosphere, it would approximate the annual global warming impact of 35,000 Americans. [Inside Climate News]
Hundreds of world landmarks from Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate to the Great Wall of China went dark Saturday, part of a global effort to highlight climate change. [Washington Post]
It’s been so warm in the United States this year, especially in March, that national records weren’t just broken, they were deep-fried. [Washington Post]
The price of a barrel of oil remains stable, but the demand for gasoline continues to creep up, with Americans having spent 8.7 percent of their income on gas in March, according to AAA. [ABC News]
The United Kingdom this week launched a €24 million contest to support up to two pilot wave energy projects, with the government aiming to scale up clean technology to power more homes and businesses and curb carbon emissions. [The Malta Independent]
A letter delivered to Gov. Bill Haslam’s office yesterday urges him to veto recently passed legislation that ensures teachers will be permitted to teach the “scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses” of theories like evolution. [Nashville Scene]