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Wisconsin frack sand sludge spill reaches Mississippi River

May. 24, 2018 6:29 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Wisconsin officials were testing for environmental and health hazards Thursday after an accident at a frack sand mine sent millions of gallons of sludge into waterways, tinting them orange as the thick plume traveled downstream into the Mississippi River. A contractor's bulldozer slid...

Hawaii volcano generates blue flames from burning methane

May. 23, 2018 11:56 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Blue flames from burning methane are the latest natural phenomena being seen at the eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. Nighttime photos released Wednesday by the U.S. Geological Survey show the flames spouting from cracks in the pavement in the Leilani Estates neighborhood where the...

New wind projects would deliver enough power for 600K homes

May. 23, 2018 6:59 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts and Rhode Island have announced offshore wind projects aimed at delivering a combined 1,200 megawatts of energy — or enough to power 600,000 homes. The Vineyard Wind project will be Massachusetts' first offshore wind farm and is expected to generate 800 megawatts of...

New Jersey OKs $300M annually to rescue nuclear industry

May. 23, 2018 1:47 PM EDT

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Legislation that would authorize $300 million annually to rescue New Jersey's nuclear energy industry — a request for financial help made by the state's largest utility company — was signed into law Wednesday. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy alongside lawmakers at a...

Workers plugging energy wells as lava flows nearby

May. 23, 2018 12:03 AM EDT

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Authorities were racing Tuesday to close off production wells at a geothermal plant threatened by a lava flow from Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island. Workers were capping the 11th and last well at the plant to prevent toxic gases from wafting out after lava entered, then stalled,...

The Latest: Lava almost cut Hawaii man's leg in half

May. 22, 2018 11:53 PM EDT

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on the eruption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island (all times local): 5:30 p.m. A Hawaii man hit by a flying piece of lava says the molten rock nearly cut his left leg in half. Darryl Clinton told the Honolulu television station KHON that he was on the roof of a home...

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...