News bites: 'Tense' final week for climate talks

The Houston Chronicle talks with Brian Salerno, the Interior Department’s new offshore drilling safety chief.

The Associated Press reports that international climate talks in Poland are heading into a “tense” final week.

The BBC reports that aid agencies say Typhoon Haiyan shows the need for urgent action on climate change.

Bloomberg reports that the storm has “energized debate about whether rich nations should compensate poor ones for climate-related losses.”

NBC News explores why the Philippines wasn’t better prepared for the storm.

Reuters reports that the operator of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant extracted a fuel rod from its container for later removal.

The news service called it the “first step on Monday in the long and hazardous process of decommissioning the facility.”