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A tangle of rules to protect America’s water is falling short

The Times asked all 50 states how they police the use of valuable groundwater. Their answers reveal why the country is draining and damaging its aquifers so rapidly.
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Energy firms, green groups and others reach deal on solar farms

The agreement could help speed up the development of large solar projects that are often bogged down by fights over land use and environmental concerns.

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As California gets drier, solar panels could help farms save water

Agrivoltaics—or on-farm solar arrays—are still rare in California, but experts say the shade they provide could be a game-changer in a state where many farms are struggling to plan for a future with limited groundwater.

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Tim Peake backs idea for solar farms in space as costs fall

Astronaut Maj Peake said the falling cost of launching heavy cargoes into orbit means that complex structures, such as solar power farms, could soon be launched into space, and had the potential to provide significant power.

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SolarShare Wisconsin Cooperative aims to make investing in clean energy accessible to all

Solar farms are popping up across Wisconsin, and a new cooperative wants to make sure that everyone can benefit from the growing industry.

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Investigation into protected peat burning ‘leads to just one formal warning’

Moorland association says figures show managers abiding by rules stopping burning on deep peat, while Greenpeace calls for a more comprehensive ban.

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French police guard water as seasonal drought intensifies

New reservoirs designed to supply French farms with water in increasingly arid growing seasons have attracted opposition from environmentalists.