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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...

Durham votes to remove Mill Pond dam on Oyster River

Sep. 19, 2021 08:50 AM EDT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — After more than a decade of discussion, Durham is moving ahead with the removal of a dam on the Oyster River. The Durham Town Council voted 7-2 this past week to remove the Mill Pond Dam, which was developed at the turn of the century to replace a...

Judge: Construction can continue on most of $1B corridor

Sep. 17, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Construction on a 145-mile (233-kilometer) electricity transmission corridor in western Maine can continue while litigation proceeds over a 1-mile section that was leased by the state, a state Supreme Court justice ruled. Another judge previously...

Springfield water commission receives $250M EPA loan

Sep. 16, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission has received a $250 million federal infrastructure loan. The loan is designed to help the agency improve water quality and reliability by rehabilitating aging infrastructure throughout the system. ...

Brazil water survey heightens alarm over extreme drought

Aug. 27, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Brazilian scientists were skeptical. They ran different models to check calculations, but all returned the same startling result. The country with the most freshwater resources on the planet steadily lost 15% of its surface water since 1991....

InvestigateWest: Can West learn to share renewable power?

Aug. 24, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

March of 2019 opened with a deep chill across Cascadia. Arctic air poured south, jacking up energy consumption and straining energy supplies in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. It conjured a “perfect” storm for the region’s electricity grid. As temperatures...

Lines to plug NYC into green power to be buried or submerged

Aug. 17, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — There's a disconnect in the effort to make New York state less reliant on fossil fuels. Solar farms, wind turbines and hydro dams are producing more renewable power for the state, but it can be difficult to deliver that power south to the massive...

EXPLAINER: Western states face first federal water cuts

Aug. 17, 2021 00:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials on Monday declared the first-ever water shortage from a river that serves 40 million people in the West, triggering cuts to some Arizona farmers next year amid a gripping drought. Water levels at the largest reservoir on the Colorado...

DEP: No violations in clearing of woods for power line

Aug. 03, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — There's no evidence to support claims that Central Maine Power is violating its permit requirements while clearing a path for a transmission line in western Maine, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection said. DEP Commissioner Melanie...

Tree-cutting resumes after hiatus to protect endangered bats

Aug. 01, 2021 20:57 PM EDT

THE FORKS, Maine (AP) — Tree-cutting is resuming on a $1 billion electric transmission project in western Maine after a two-month hiatus over a federally protected bat. The New England Clean Energy Connect was able to resume construction beginning as early as Sunday on...