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Missouri River managers turn attention from flood to drought

Apr. 12, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — With anticipated continued drought, flooding likely won’t be an issue this year in the upper Missouri River basin, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other federal officials. Despite recent rainfall, the Yankton region remains a...

Homeowners, group seek action on Alabama Power's solar fee

Apr. 11, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Homeowners and an environmental group are asking federal regulators to step in over Alabama Power’s fees on home solar panels, fees they argue purposely discourages the use of solar in the sun-rich state. The petition filed with the Federal...

With key deals, Uganda's nascent oil sector nears maturity

Apr. 11, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda, Tanzania and French oil company Total signed agreements Sunday on building a heated pipeline to carry crude oil from western Uganda to the Indian Ocean coast. Construction of the pipeline, which would be the world’s longest at 897 miles, is expected to begin...

Rhode Island governor signs climate change bill into law

Apr. 10, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A wide-ranging climate bill that requires Rhode Island to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 was signed into law Saturday by Gov. Daniel McKee. “With four hundred miles of coastline, urban and rural coastal communities, fishing and...

Flagstaff subsidizes local purchases of eco-friendly autos

Apr. 10, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Flagstaff local Stewart Weinstein ordered an all-electric vehicle to be environmentally friendly, but now says the unexpected financial perks of his purchase have already piled up -- before even driving his new car off the lot. One benefit is...

Thousands rally in Serbia to protect the environment

Apr. 10, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Protesters in Serbia rallied Saturday demanding that the government protect the environment in a Balkan nation that has seen record levels of air pollution and scores of other ecological problems following decades of neglect. Several thousand...

Duke Energy division planning $180M Indiana solar farm

Apr. 10, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A division of Duke Energy that develops renewable energy projects plans to build a $180 million solar farm in western Indiana that would produce enough electricity to power 35,000 homes. The Hoosier Jack Solar farm proposed by Duke Energy...

Washington state Senate OKs carbon-cap legislation

Apr. 09, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Democratic-led Senate has passed two key pieces of Gov. Jay Inslee’s climate agenda, a plan to put a price on carbon pollution and a measure that would require fuel producers and importers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with gasoline and other...

US envoy Kerry discusses climate challenges in Bangladesh

Apr. 09, 2021 10:31 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — John Kerry, the special U.S. envoy on climate, said Friday that President Joe Biden is eager to work with Bangladesh in dealing with the impact of climate change after the United States' return to the Paris accord. Kerry arrived in Bangladesh's...

Seattle utility submits revised dam study plan for review

Apr. 08, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — A public utility in Seattle has broadened its study plan for the relicensing of its Skagit River dams in response to requests from the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe and other stakeholders, officials said. Seattle City Light submitted the revised...