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Officials: Coal to keep sliding as renewables, gas fill gap

May. 9, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. demand for coal to generate electricity will keep sliding in coming months, federal officials said Thursday, despite efforts by the Trump administration to shore up the struggling industry. Renewable energy sources including wind, solar and hydropower are expected to fill much...

Changing water flow leads to more bugs in Grand Canyon

May. 4, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Ted Kennedy sums up what he sees along the river in the Grand Canyon: "It's buggy out there." That is to say, an experiment to change the flow of water from a dam near the Arizona-Utah state line appeared to boost the number of aquatic insects that fish in the Colorado River eat....

Garbage clogs once-clear rivers in Bosnia, govt is blamed

May. 1, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

VISEGRAD, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Plastic bottles, rusty barrels and even old washing machines are among the tons of garbage clogging rivers in Bosnia that were once famous for their emerald color and crystal-clear waters and adored by rafters, hikers and fishermen. Bosnia and other countries in the...

Trump signs Colorado River drought plan

Apr. 16, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a plan to cut back on the use of water from the Colorado River, which serves 40 million people in the U.S. West. The Colorado River drought contingency plan aims to keep two key reservoirs, Lakes Powell and Mead, from falling so low they cannot...

Transmission line for Canadian hydropower to Northeast OK'd

Apr. 11, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — A proposed 145-mile (233-kilometer) transmission line that would serve as a conduit for Canadian hydropower to reach the New England power grid cleared a major hurdle Thursday with approval of the Maine Public Utilities Commission. The three-member panel unanimously approved Central...

US Congress approves Colorado River drought plan

Apr. 8, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A plan to address a shrinking supply of water on a river that serves 40 million people in the U.S. West is headed to President Donald Trump. The U.S. House and Senate approved the Colorado River drought contingency plan on Monday. Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and...