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Ameren plans 400-megawatt wind farm, Missouri's largest

May. 21, 2018 1:46 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ameren Missouri announced plans Monday for a 400-megawatt wind farm in rural northeast Missouri, creating enough power to serve 120,000 homes within two years. St. Louis-based Ameren said its High Prairie Wind Farm near Kirksville will be the largest in the state. Ajay Arora, vice...

Scholar: Dumping fossil fuels by 2050 needed to save climate

May. 19, 2018 4:13 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Getting rid of fossil fuels by mid-century and making the switch to large-scale renewable energy sources and nuclear power offers the best chance of meeting the climate change targets set out by the Paris accord, a prominent American economist said Friday. Columbia University...

Billionaire Tom Steyer gets Michigan renewable energy deal

May. 18, 2018 1:53 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's two dominant utilities committed Friday to increase the power they produce from wind and other renewable sources to 25 percent by 2030 under pressure from billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, who ended a ballot drive opposed by the electric providers in response....

Study says China-backed dam in Cambodia would destroy Mekong

May. 17, 2018 8:29 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Chinese-backed plan for Cambodia to build the Mekong River's biggest dam would destroy fisheries that feed millions and worsen tensions with Vietnam, the downstream country with most to lose from dams on the waterway, according to a three-year study commissioned by the Cambodian...

Japan draft plan sets ambitious targets for nuclear energy

May. 16, 2018 10:46 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government proposed an energy plan Wednesday that sets ambitious targets for nuclear energy use in the coming decade despite challenges after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. The draft, presented to a government-commissioned panel, said that by fiscal 2030 nuclear energy should account for...

The Latest: Volcano ash plume rises to 12,000 feet

May. 15, 2018 11:05 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the eruption of Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii (all times local): 3:15 p.m. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says an ash plume from within Kilauea volcano's summit crater has risen as high as 12,000 feet above sea level. Ash has been wafting continuously from a...

Grassley may seek EPA head Pruitt's resignation over ethanol

May. 15, 2018 1:19 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, a leading supporter of corn-based ethanol, says he'll call for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's resignation if Pruitt doesn't work to fulfill federal ethanol mandates. Grassley is showing frustration with Pruitt's lack of...

As lava oozes, Hawaii officials say rest of island is open

May. 11, 2018 11:08 PM EDT

VOLCANO, Hawaii (AP) — Warnings that Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could shoot boulders and ash out of its summit crater are prompting people to rethink their plans to visit the Big Island. But most of the rest of the island is free of volcanic hazards, and local tourism officials are hoping travelers will...

Hawaii volcano could spew boulders the size of refrigerators

May. 10, 2018 8:05 PM EDT

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — If Hawaii's Kilauea volcano blows its top in the coming days or weeks, as experts fear, it could hurl ash and boulders the size of refrigerators miles into the air, shutting down airline traffic and endangering lives in all directions, scientists said Thursday. "If it goes up, it will...

Scientists: Kilauea volcano may have explosive eruption

May. 10, 2018 1:15 AM EDT

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Geologists warned Wednesday that Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could erupt explosively and send boulders, rocks and ash into the air around its summit in the coming weeks. The risk will rise as lava drains from the summit crater down the flank of the volcano, and explosions could occur if...