News bites: California issues proposed fracking rules

And in New York, The Associated Press reports green groups are pressing the state to release details of a fracking and shale-gas drilling health impact study.

This year, U.S. oil production grew the most in one year since the first commercial well was drilled in 1859, Bloomberg notes.

Britain set a five-year plan for solar and biomass energy, Reuters reports.

A new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-led study of naturally occurring geological formations confirms global warming data from thermometers.

From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

A new compilation of temperature records etched into ice cores, old corals, and lake sediment layers reveals a pattern of global warming from 1880 to 1995 comparable to the global warming trend recorded by thermometers.