News bites: Flat emissions not enough for US

Furloughs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are hitting just in time for hurricane season, CNN reports.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune says the pace of permitting for deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is "leveling off."

A solar-powered airplane is ready to take off for its U.S. cross-country voyage, notes The Associated Press.

China has lots of shale gas — but it's having trouble tapping it, writes The Washington Post