News bites: Natural gas and climate change, the BP spill’s toll, and more


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“The oil that spewed into the Gulf of Mexico during the Deepwater Horizon disaster three years ago killed off millions of amoeba-like creatures that form the basis of the gulf's aquatic food chain, according to scientists at the University of South Florida.”

The Detroit News reports that the Energy Department plans to extend funding for several bioenergy research centers for five years – if Congress agrees.

Reuters reports that the International Energy Agency (IEA) will “invite China and emerging economies to take part in key strategic talks.”

The IEA’s move is intended to “strengthen ties with non-members whose share in global oil demand has rapidly grown.”