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Californians urged to conserve electricity amid heat wave

Aug. 17, 2022 15:10 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Forecasts for more scorching heat and monsoon moisture brought calls for Californians to conserve electricity Wednesday, and warnings that lightning, thunderstorm winds and parched vegetation were a recipe for wildfires. The heat wave was expected to be...

Wind energy boom and golden eagles collide in the US West

Aug. 17, 2022 12:46 PM EDT

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — The rush to build wind farms to combat climate change is colliding with preservation of one of the U.S. West’s most spectacular predators — the golden eagle — as the species teeters on the edge of decline. Ground zero in the conflict is Wyoming, a stronghold...

Western states hit with more cuts to Colorado River water

Aug. 16, 2022 19:23 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For the second year in a row, Arizona and Nevada will face cuts in the amount of water they can draw from the Colorado River as the West endures more drought, federal officials announced Tuesday. Though the cuts will not result in any immediate new...

Biden signs massive climate and health care legislation

Aug. 16, 2022 17:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed Democrats’ landmark climate change and health care bill into law on Tuesday, delivering what he has called the “final piece” of his pared-down domestic agenda, as he aims to boost his party’s standing with voters less than three months before...

Missouri halts solar tax break as federal incentives expand

Aug. 16, 2022 17:15 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — As the U.S. government expands incentives for renewable energy, a decision by the Missouri Supreme Court is moving the state in the opposite direction by halting a solar energy tax break that has been on the books for nearly a decade. Legislation signed...

What's in big Biden bill? Health, climate goals become law

Aug. 16, 2022 16:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden arrived at the White House promising to “build back” America, and legislation he signed Tuesday delivers a slimmer, though not insignificant, version of that once sweeping idea. Approved by the divided Congress, the bill brings the biggest...

Protection sought for rare butterflies at Nevada site

Aug. 16, 2022 13:17 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists who are already suing to block a geothermal power plant where an endangered toad lives in western Nevada are now seeking U.S. protection for a rare butterfly at another geothermal project the developer plans near the Oregon line. The Center for...

Columbia River's salmon are at the core of ancient religion

Aug. 16, 2022 00:25 AM EDT

ALONG THE COLUMBIA RIVER (AP) — James Kiona stands on a rocky ledge overlooking Lyle Falls where the water froths and rushes through steep canyon walls just before merging with the Columbia River. His silvery ponytail flutters in the wind, and a string of eagle claws adorns his neck. ...

Columbia River's salmon are at the core of ancient religion

Aug. 16, 2022 00:12 AM EDT

ALONG THE COLUMBIA RIVER (AP) — James Kiona stands on a rocky ledge overlooking Lyle Falls where the water froths and rushes through steep canyon walls just before merging with the Columbia River. His silvery ponytail flutters in the wind, and a string of eagle claws adorns his neck. ...

Deadline looms for western states to cut Colorado River use

Aug. 15, 2022 14:25 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Banks along parts of the Colorado River where water once streamed are now just caked mud and rock as climate change makes the Western U.S. hotter and drier. More than two decades of drought have done little to deter the region from diverting more water than...