News bites: Japan criticized for CO2 target

Reuters reports Japan received harsh criticisms at the United Nations climate talks in Warsaw after cutting its target to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

"This move by Japan could have a devastating impact," said Naoyuki Yamagishi of environmental campaign group WWF Japan. "It could further accelerate the race to the bottom among other developed countries."

The Washington Post reports a southern Mississippi refinery explosion that killed one worker is being investigated.

Bloomberg unwraps negotiations between industry reps and the White House on biofuel regulations as the EPA is considering changes to its renewable fuel mandate draft.

The Houston Chronicle reports hundreds of residents hope to return to their North Texas town after a Chevron pipeline explosion forced them to evacuate.

The New York Times explains a move by the Tennessee Valley Authority to shutter eight coal units in its shift away from the energy source to meet coming Environmental Protection Agency standards.