News bites: Where the public stands on climate change and more

Bloomberg looks at growing efforts to pare back or scuttle state renewable power standards.

The Washington Post explores a wealth of recent data about public views on climate change.

Reuters reports that European governments are easing sanctions on Syria to allow purchases of oil from rebels. The goal is to throw a “financial lifeline” to rebels fighting President Bashar Assad, the news service reports.

The CBC reports that Canadian officials have launched a Web portal to provide access to environmental data about oil sands.

The International Monetary Fund is urging the government of Sudan to use a $3 billion oil payment from South Sudan to support economic reforms, Bloomberg reports.