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1) UK: Sturgeon calls for oil and gas exploration, Royal Society calls for Scottish shale exploration

In her opening address to the annual oil and gas industry conference in Aberdeen, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will say there should be incentives for oil and gas exploration following the oil price crash a few months back, the BBC reports.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh says: Why not fracking?

Meanwhile, North Yorkshire has held a public information session on Third Energy’s application to frack a site in Ryedale, according to the BBC.

And the Economist wonders why, since David Cameron and his party are so big on fracking, it still hasn’t happened in the UK.

2) US: Pope climate intervention hurts Republicans but doesn’t stop them

The Pope’s climate change encyclical leaked the other day, and will be formally announced on Thursday. What is Pope Francis hoping to accomplish? Vox has done an explainer-listicle.

The religious leader’s to-be intervention has already made its mark in US presidential politics, with the New York Times explaining how it may hurt the five Catholic Republican candidates who will likely criticise the Pope and his encyclical.

But it won’t stop the GOP’s environmental agenda, namely undoing Obama’s new regulations and gutting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Associated Press reports that a Republican Senate committee has voted to slash $500m from the EPA’s budget.

Meanwhile a new scientific study has found that – surprise, surprise – environmental policy makes a big impact on how clean a state’s air is, reports Think Progress.

Oh and this is what new candidate Donald Trump thinks about climate change:

3) Clean energy: White House gets $4bn as UK and France to miss targets

The Obama administration has received $4bn in clean energy investment, more than twice its target set in February, writes Reuters.

Over in the Europe, the renewable energy efforts of a a clutch of major countries – including the UK, France and the Netherlands – have been found to be wanting,reports the Guardian.

The 2009 targets mean that EU countries are supposed to source 20% of their energy from renewable sources by 2020, and the Commission says those three countries (as well as Malta and Luxembourg) should consider changing course so that they may meet this target.

In other news:

IEA: The Carbon Brief has done a comprehensive interview IEA chief economist Dr Fatih Birol.

China: There a big plans for a nuclear reactor export push, says Business Standard.

Arctic: Shell’s oil exploration just needs one more ‘okay’ and they’re ready to go as The Guardian uses its latest ‘carbon bomb’ special to focus on the delicate ecosystem of the Arctic.