News bites: Rim fire devastation, 'climate hacking,' and more

NPR looks into what scientists call "climate hacking," a geoengineering of the atmosphere to combat climate change, which involves unconventional methods.

"People get scared because a lot of these plans sound like mad scientist schemes. Ocean fertilization is just one of a wide array of climate-engineering techniques out there. One technique is to suck the carbon dioxide out from the atmosphere and put it somewhere else."

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that the second phase of the BP Gulf of Mexico trial came to a close Friday, but the U.S. District judge will set a schedule for the penalty phase this week.

The Houston Chronicle reports Maersk Drilling announced its first ultradeep-water drillship that will begin an Exxon Mobil project in the Gulf of Mexico next year.