I CHU CHU CHOOSE YOU: The pre-appointment of physicist Steven Chu as energy secretary has generated a lot of excitement in the last 24 hours. And after eight years of an administration often referred to as "anti-intellectual," it is a little refreshing to think of an actual scientist -- a Nobel prize winner, even -- in charge of U.S. energy policy. The Knight Science Journalism Tracker rounds up some top Chu links today, and the WSJ revisits a speech Chu made earlier this year in which he said "Coal is my worst nightmare." By bureaucrat standards, those are bold words. (Sources: GawkerKnight Science Journalism Tracker, The Wall Street Journal)

I'M SORRY MS. JACKSON: While pundits gush over Chu, the reaction to upcoming EPA administrator Lisa Jackson has been more cautious. One environmental group even sent Obama a complaint letter, calling Jackson's style "highly politicized" and too lobbyist-centric. TNR's Bradford Plumer investigates the claims. (Source: The New Republic)

BUSTING A CAP-AND-TRADE: The European Union hasn't had great success with its carbon-trading system, and the NYT looks at how Obama can learn from Europe's mistakes. (Source: The New York Times)

SEA CHANGE: A new study published in the journal Science indicates global warming can change oceans' chemical makeup more than we thought. (Source: Mongabay.com)

THE "SUN KING": Reuters interviews Frank "Sun King" Asbeck -- the German solar-power entrepreneur who installed the Vatican's solar panels last month -- about his motivations for not charging the pope. (Source: Reuters)

HEARTLAND STAYS COOL: Global warming is heating North America unevenly, according to government researchers, who pointed to a "warming hole" between the Rocky and Appalachian mountain ranges. (Source: AP)

TRACTOR-TRAILER TRASH: The California Air Resources Board will vote this week whether to impose an unprecedented regulation to require hundreds of thousands of big rigs to install diesel exhaust traps. The pollution from tractor trailers is considered a public-health concern by many in Southern California, as it's blamed for rising asthma rates. (Source: The Los Angeles Times)

Russell McLendon ( @russmclendon ) writes about humans and other wildlife.