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U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and  French President Francois Hollande pay their respect at the Bataclan concert hall, one of the recent deadly Paris attack sites, after Obama arrived in the French capital to attend the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21), Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (Philippe Wojazer, Pool via AP)

Leaders make pitches on climate

Monday, November 30, 2015

LE BOURGET, France — With dramatic vows to save future generations from an overheated planet, the largest gathering ever of world leaders began two weeks of talks Monday aimed at producing the most far-reaching pact yet to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and avert environmental havoc. “We should ask what will we say to our grandchildren if we fail,” British Prime Minister …

Marchers in Northampton call for decisive international action on climate change

Sunday, November 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Among the first to arrive at Sunday’s climate march, Beth Fairservis assembled her Mother Earth puppet, an 8-foot-tall, full-body puppet she made herself with a likeness of planet Earth in the middle of its forehead. “She brings a lot of peace and, of course, love to the world,” Fairservis said as …

Clean energy investment pledged at climate talks

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Government and business leaders are banking on clean energy technology to fight global warming, kicking off this week’s high-stakes climate change negotiations by pledging billions of dollars to research and develop a technical fix to the planet’s climate woes. Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande …

Engines at issue as Adirondack land buy debated

Sunday, November 29, 2015

NORTH HUDSON, N.Y. — As New York state prepares to purchase a trio of connected gem-like ponds reflecting the highest peaks of the Adirondack Mountains, environmental groups are pressing for the waters and surrounding boreal forest to be …

French President Francois Hollande, environmental activists meet before critical climate talks begin Monday

Saturday, November 28, 2015

PARIS — French President Francois Hollande met with environmental groups Saturday, pushing for an ambitious global deal to reduce man-made emissions blamed for global warming — with emphasis on helping developing countries adapt to a changing world. The …

Valley Views: Empty, Full Moon

Friday, November 27, 2015

Empty, Full Moon Park Hill Orchards, Easthampton Bob Solosko, Easthampton On the night of the very bright full moon Oct. 27, my wife, Jean, and I went to Art in the Orchard on Park Hill Road in Easthampton …

Earth Talk

Friday, November 27, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest in cutting-edge, hyper-efficient solar cells? Are we really moving beyond huge photovoltaic panels anytime soon? — Michael Williams, Hartford, Connecticut Many people still consider environmentalists’ favorite black panels as the cutting edge of …

Heading outdoors

Friday, September 4, 2015

Gorge Apres Gorge 5K Run and 3-Mile Walk — Trail run and walk to benefit Hilltown Land Trust Saturday, Chesterfield Gorge, Ireland Street, Chesterfield. Run, 9:30 a.m.; Walk, 11 a.m. $10 advance; $15 day of; $35 family. www.runreg.com  Hike in Belchertown — Kestrel Land Trust sponsors hike with …

Sunday rallies in Amherst and Northampton are part of Global Climate March

Friday, November 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With the United Nations climate summit set to begin in Paris on Monday, people in Northampton and Amherst will rally Sunday evening in support of a treaty aiming at reducing carbon emissions. “These climate talks in Paris are what many climatologists are calling the last, best …

Friday, November 27, 2015

Here are this week’s bird sightings from Voice of Audubon for Western Massachusetts. Four blue-winged teal and two red-headed woodpeckers were at the Longmeadow flats. Short-eared owls continue to be reported at Arcadia Meadows in Northampton. A cackling …

Holyoke rail tie fire highlights hazards posed by debris along Connecticut River Line

Friday, November 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A fire that engulfed a massive pile of discarded rail ties in downtown Holyoke this week is raising new concerns among public safety officials and area lawmakers about the hazards posed by thousands of such ties …

Quabbin region joins Global People’s Climate March for the Earth

Thursday, November 26, 2015

As France prepares for next week’s gathering of world leaders to act on climate change, citizens from the Quabbin region will join with over 2,500 other groups around the world to stage the Global People’s Climate March for the Earth. The North Quabbin People’s March will take place …

UN expects 2015 to break heat record

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Because of man-made global warming and a strong El Nino, Earth’s wild weather this year is bursting the annual heat record, the World Meteorological Organization announced on Wednesday. The United Nations weather agency’s early bird report …