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Minnesota solar projects stalled due to Xcel Energy's delays

Sep. 25, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The number of Minnesota solar projects stalled due to delays by Xcel Energy has ballooned to more than 300, with a backlog of applications that solar industry leaders say will take decades to clear at the utility’s current pace. In one case in...

Van Life 2.0: Dutch students' road trip in solar mobile home

Sep. 24, 2021 15:48 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A group of Dutch students has reimagined van life and is hitting the road to Portugal. Just don't call their groundbreaking new solar-powered vehicle a campervan. “We call it a self-sustaining house on wheels," said Lotte van Dasler, part...

US military eyes prototype mobile nuclear reactor in Idaho

Sep. 24, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Defense is taking input on its plan to build an advanced mobile nuclear microreactor prototype at the Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho. The department began a 45-day comment period on Friday with the release of a...

Severe Brazil drought reignites debate over daylight saving

Sep. 24, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Dyane Rodrigues used to enjoy strolling along Rio de Janeiro's iconic Ipanema beach after a hot summer's day. Daylight saving time meant her workday went by faster, and ended early enough for her to take in the golden sunset, the 28-year-old said from her fruit stand,...

Climate change fuels California emphasis on preventing fires

Sep. 23, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Having spent billions of dollars in a losing battle to control wildfires in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday approved nearly $1 billion in new spending aimed at stopping the blazes before they start. California spent $3.4 billion on...

Boston requiring zero emissions for large buildings by 2050

Sep. 23, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston City Council has unanimously approved an ordinance that addresses climate change by requiring all buildings larger than 20,000 square feet to eliminate carbon emissions by 2050. Acting Mayor Kim Janey intends to sign the ordinance approved...

Polluters pick up tab for restoration of threatened cedar

Sep. 23, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

WOODLAND TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey plans to restore vast tracts of a coastal tree species threatened by climate change, and will pay for it with money from polluters of groundwater. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said Thursday its plan to...

Climate change tops agenda as Iceland heads to elections

Sep. 23, 2021 03:09 AM EDT

REYKJAVIK , Iceland (AP) — Climate change is top of the agenda when voters in Iceland head to the polls for general elections on Saturday, following an exceptionally warm summer and an election campaign defined by a wide-reaching debate on global warming. All nine...

SRP to partner in large solar plant northwest of Flagstaff

Sep. 23, 2021 00:32 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona water and power utility has announced it will partner with a developer of large-scale solar and energy store projects in building a solar plant on private land northwest of Flagstaff. The Salt River Project said Wednesday that the CO Bar Solar...

'Grow up': UK's Johnson says world must face climate change

Sep. 22, 2021 22:36 PM EDT

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told world leaders at the United Nations on Wednesday night that humanity has to “grow up” and tackle climate change, saying humans must stop trashing the planet like a teenager on a bender. Johnson is due to host a major United...