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Kansas' embrace of wind energy helps it reduce CO2 emissions

Jan. 1, 2020 10:24 AM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has been able to reduce its carbon-dioxide emissions for a 10th straight year largely due to the rapid adoption of wind energy and a slow move away from coal powered electricity. About 36% of all electricity produced in Kansas is from wind, the highest percentage of any U.S....

In this Oct. 24, 2019 photo, the setting sun and homes are reflected in a puddle, in Winslow, Neb. It took only minutes for swift-moving floods from the Elkhorn River to ravage tiny Winslow this spring, leaving nearly all its 48 homes and businesses uninhabitable. Now, the couple dozen residents still determined to call the place home are facing a new challenge: Moving the entire town several miles away to higher ground. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nebraska town’s grim choice: can it pick up and move?

Dec. 28, 2019 11:04 AM EST

WINSLOW, Neb. (AP) — It took only minutes for the icy Elkhorn River to surge over a levee and engulf tiny Winslow, but months after the floodwaters receded, the village finds itself struggling to decide its future — or if it has a future. Will it be reborn atop a nearby hill, or will the town stay...

FILE - This undated file photo released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows deep-sea spiral coral during a dive on the New England Seamount chain in the North Atlantic Ocean. A federal appeals court on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, upheld former President Barack Obama's designation of the federally protected conservation area in the Atlantic, a move that commercial fishermen oppose. (NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research via AP, File)

Court upholds creation of national monument in Atlantic

Dec. 27, 2019 1:35 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday upheld former President Barack Obama's designation of a federally protected conservation area in the Atlantic Ocean, a move that commercial fishermen oppose. Fishing groups sued over the creation of Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National...

Federal court ruling expected to affect salmon conservation

Dec. 26, 2019 4:30 PM EST

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A federal court ruling could affect salmon recovery and conservation efforts on the Columbia-Snake River System in Washington. A Dec. 20 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals mandating a salmon protection plan was related to warm river temperatures caused by dams on the...

In this Dec. 11, 2019 photo, Kevin Dunn, who fishes off the coasts of Oregon and Washington, holds an aurora rockfish at a processing facility in Warrenton, Oregon. A rare environmental success story is unfolding in waters off the U.S. West Coast as regulators in January 2020 are scheduled to reopen a large area off the coasts of Oregon and California to groundfish bottom trawling fishing less than two decades after authorities closed huge stretches of the Pacific Ocean due to the species' depletion. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

West Coast fishery rebounds in rare conservation 'home run'

Dec. 26, 2019 12:34 PM EST

WARRENTON, Ore. (AP) — A rare environmental success story is unfolding in waters off the U.S. West Coast. After years of fear and uncertainty, bottom trawler fishermen — those who use nets to scoop up rockfish, bocaccio, sole, Pacific Ocean perch and other deep-dwelling fish — are making a...

Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during the Iowa Farmers Union Presidential Forum, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, in Grinnell, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Buttigieg calls on McKinsey to release list of his clients

Dec. 6, 2019 10:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is calling on his former employer McKinsey & Co. to release a list of the clients he served and to free him from a nondisclosure agreement he signed when he worked there a decade ago. In a statement Friday, he also included a summary of...

Teenage climate change activist determined to protect planet

Nov. 25, 2019 5:46 PM EST

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Sena Wazer is a 15-year-old from Mansfield who, like many other young people around the world, is growing increasingly frightened and angry about what unchecked climate change could do to their future. The difference between Wazer and many of those frustrated teenagers is that this...

FILE - In this March 12, 2008 file photo, a ship sails through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta near Bethel Island, Calif. California officials announced Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 that they will sue the Trump administration to block its recently announced rules governing water in the San Joaquin Delta. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California to sue over federal rules governing water

Nov. 21, 2019 7:44 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials said Thursday they will sue the federal government over proposed rules managing the state’s scarce water, arguing its conclusions are not scientifically adequate and fall short of protecting species and the state’s interests. The state, which has...