Wyoming wildfire forces hundreds of evacuations

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A wildfire tearing through central Wyoming destroyed buildings and forced hundreds of evacuations.

The fire has burned at least 10 homes and several outbuildings, with many of the structures listed as complete losses.

Toyota promises better mileage and ride with Prius hybrid

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is rolling out a revamped Prius hybrid packed with incremental improvements in the battery, engine, wind resistance and weight for better mileage and a smoother ride.

It gets up to 40 kilometers a liter under Japanese tests, which translates to more than 93 mpg, a 20 percent improvement from the 2015 model. In the U.S., its gets 55 mpg in combined city and highway driving, about 10 percent better.

Scholars urge more research on future of Colorado River

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A coalition of scholars across the West is urging the federal government to partner with the National Academy of Sciences to study the future of the Colorado River, including if climate change is leading to reduced stream flow.

Twenty-three scholars from Western universities sent a letter Tuesday to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell detailing their request for more scientific research on a host of issues related to the Colorado River.

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NATO, international groups press for strong UN climate deal

With less than two months until world leaders meet in Paris for United Nations-sponsored climate talks, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, investors and family groups on Monday made new appeals for a strong, binding agreement to cut carbon emissions, boost clean energy development and stave off the worst effects of climate change.

NATO's Parliamentary Assembly adopted a resolution urging its member states to commit to a strong deal, calling climate change a “threat multiplier” that will exacerbate current global crises.

Separate publicity campaigns were launched by a group of investment companies and a coalition of family groups, calling for international action to foster the growth of clean energy and reduce the pollution that contributes to global warming. 

EU climate boss says emissions cuts not enough

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Europe's climate chief has acknowledged for the first time that climate pledges made by national governments ahead of a major U.N. conference fall short of meeting the international goal of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said the EU's projections show the current pledges to curb greenhouse gas emissions would put world on a path toward 3 degrees Celsius (5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) of warming.

Evidence mounts for El Nino that could ease Calif. drought

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Evidence is mounting that the El Nino ocean-warming phenomenon in the Pacific will spawn a rainy winter in California, potentially easing the state's punishing drought but also bringing the risk of chaotic storms like those that battered the region in the late 1990s.

In the clearest warning yet that Southern California could be due for a deluge, meteorologists said in a report last week that the already strong El Nino has a 95 percent chance of lasting through the winter before weakening in the spring.


Official: Kuwait to produce 4M barrels of oil daily by 2020

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's oil minister says his country still plans to produce 4 million barrels of oil a day by 2020, even as global crude prices have slumped.

Ali Al-Omair made the comments Monday at an oil and gas conference in the capital, Kuwait City. The state-run Kuwait News Agency also quoted al-Omair as saying Kuwait's production now stood at 3 million barrels of oil a day and that any U.S. decision to export crude oil wouldn't have an impact on Kuwait.

Residents of contaminated town wary of government efforts

NAVASSA, N.C. (AP) — In the little town of Navassa, work has always been hard and dirty.

From antebellum rice plantations to Jim Crow-era fertilizer factories and more recently, a massive wood treatment plant, the community in the Gullah-Geechee corridor of coastal North Carolina has yielded the natural resources and back-breaking labor to make money for owners and corporations.

NY pipeline to go through sites containing ancient artifacts

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — A federal law aimed at preventing looting of historic sites is keeping officials in upstate New York from finding out details about three spots along the route of a planned natural gas pipeline that contain prehistoric artifacts.

Constitution Pipeline LLC, which plans to build a 124-mile pipeline from Pennsylvania's shale fields to northeastern markets, has filed documents with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission describing three sites on its route through the Schoharie Valley west of Albany that have archaeological value.

California craft beer brewers balance drafts and drought

FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — Amid severe drought, the water board in this Southern California town imposed restrictions on Fallbrook Brewing Co., just as the tiny brewer doubled capacity to meet demand for its craft beers.

To cut monthly water use by about 10 percent, owner Chuck McLaughlin bought an extra 310-gallon tank to catch water used in the brewing process to reuse it for cleaning equipment. His new brewhouse includes a chiller that uses two-thirds less water than his old one.

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Energy Department report highlights regional energy sector climate risks

A new Energy Department report concludes that climate change -- and the worsening droughts, intense storms and rising temperatures that come with it -- poses a threat to energy production and infrastructure across the U.S., and calls for proactive action to identify risks and boost resilience.

The report, released Friday by the department, assessed climate risks to the energy sector across nine regions and examined power generation, electricity transmission, biofuel manufacturing and oil and gas development.


US gasoline prices dip half a cent over past 2 weeks: Survey

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of gasoline has dropped half a cent over the past two weeks, to $2.34 a gallon.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg reported Sunday that prices have fallen 52 cents in the past 17 weeks, but the latest cut is the smallest so far.


Qatar energy minister says oil prices have bottomed out

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatar's energy minister says he believes that oil prices have bottomed out ahead of an expected meeting of OPEC members and other oil producers later this month.

Energy and Industry Minister Mohammed bin Saleh al-Sada said in a statement Sunday that rising global demand and a lack of new supplies coming to market would help put a floor under prices.

Series of small earthquakes recorded in northern Oklahoma

CUSHING, Okla. (AP) — A series of small earthquakes have been recorded across northern Oklahoma following two moderate earthquakes in the area on Saturday.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that nine quakes ranging in magnitude from 2.5 to 3.7 were recorded between 5:07 p.m. Saturday and 5:27 a.m. Sunday. No injuries or damage were reported. Geologists say damage is not likely in quakes below magnitude 4.0.

Prosecutors play back ex-coal CEO's phone calls at trial

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship lamented a push by his board to cap his salary at $12 million, called the group "so unappreciative," and said at least a quarter of his wealth was tied up in his company's stock, according to phone calls he secretly recorded in his office.

On Friday in Charleston federal court, prosecutors played back four calls and a memo from 2009 — the first round of several they'll present to a jury in Blankenship's criminal trial.

VW diesel cars recalled in China, sales halted in Singapore

BEIJING (AP) — Singapore has suspended sales of Volkswagen diesel vehicles, adding to the German automaker's woes in the wake of an emissions cheating scandal.

Earlier Monday, Volkswagen said it was recalling 1,950 diesel vehicles in China to correct engine software that the company admits cheated on emissions tests.

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