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New Mexico issues 10-year plan for boosting forest health

Apr. 13, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Restoring forests, using fire as a management tool and getting more buy-in from private land owners are among the strategies outlined in New Mexico’s latest forest action plan. The state Forestry Division released the plan Monday. The federal...

NJ offshore wind to connect at 2 former power plants onshore

Apr. 13, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY. N.J. (AP) — A large offshore wind energy project planned off the coast of New Jersey will connect onshore to two former power plants, and cables will run under two of the state's most popular beaches, officials said Tuesday. At a virtual public hearing on...

$1,200 prize offered in Wyoming for turning in moss balls

Apr. 13, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — People in Wyoming who turn in aquarium moss balls for disposal so they don't spread an invasive species will be eligible to win $1,200. Wyoming officials have been alarmed by the recent discovery of zebra mussels in moss balls sold in pet stores. ...

Millions pour into groups fighting, supporting power line

Apr. 13, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Money is pouring into the campaign battle over a $1 billion hydropower transmission project in western Maine, and project supporters outspent opponents more than 2 to 1 in the latest reporting period. Clean Energy Matters, which is backing the...

Administrator at Australian university picked to lead URI

Apr. 13, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A top administrator at an Australian University was named the new president at the University of Rhode Island. Marc B. Parlange, provost and senior vice president of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, who was born in Rhode Island,...

Florida to close wastewater reservoir with leak history

Apr. 13, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida is moving to permanently close the leaky Piney Point wastewater reservoir that poured millions of gallons of water into Tampa Bay while threatening to burst open and flood nearby homes and businesses, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday. ...

Business leaders urge Biden to set ambitious climate goal

Apr. 13, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 300 businesses and investors, including such giants as Apple, Google, Microsoft and Coca-Cola, are calling on the Biden administration to set an ambitious climate change goal that would cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% below 2005 levels by 2030....

EU lacking sufficient electric cars charging infrastructure

Apr. 13, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — In line with its ambition to make Europe a greener place, the European Union wants to drastically reduce gas emission from transport by 2050 and promote electric cars. But according to a report from the bloc's external auditor, it is lacking the appropriate charging...

Amtrak seeks partnership in Colorado passenger rail service

Apr. 13, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — Amtrak has said it is willing to participate in a partnership to provide and operate passenger railroad service along the Front Range between Pueblo, Colorado, and Cheyenne, Wyoming, as it works to expand operations. Amtrak President Stephen...

St. Vincent seeks water, funds as volcano keeps erupting

Apr. 13, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — Leaders of volcano-wracked St. Vincent said Tuesday that water is running short as heavy ash contaminates supplies and they estimated that the eastern Caribbean island will need hundreds of millions of dollars to recover from the eruption of La Soufriere. ...