News bites: Oil’s next frontiers, ranking dinner’s hoof-print, and more

The University of Texas and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are teaming up to study the frontiers of oil-and-gas development, The Houston Chronicle reports.

The Guardian reports that plans for natural gas-fired power plants are prompting concern that renewables will be crowded out.

The Washington Post explores the wisdom of sinking outdated Navy ships to create artificial reefs.

China Daily reports on plans for a pilot carbon emissions trading project.

The Financial Times reports that the CEO of food giant General Mills had some unkind things to say about ethanol.

The Los Angeles Times reports on a new study that ranks the environmental footprint of foods.

Bloomberg reports that homebuilding companies are “using green marketing as a weapon in the battle for buyers” in the tough housing market.