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Earth Matters: Awesome auroras: Watch for them in a sky near you

Friday, December 19, 2014

By all accounts, I am a space junkie (I suppose that beats being space junk). Gazing skyward gives me a proper perspective on my worldly concerns. My childhood was enlivened by hours spent watching the first moon landings on a grainy television screen, and I am still stirred by Neil Armstrong’s first words upon stepping onto the lunar surface. I …

Bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A black-headed gull was found Sunday in Hadley. A Barrow’s goldeneye, three canvasbacks and a red-necked grebe were seen at Turners Falls. Another red-necked grebe was found at the southern end of the Quabbin Reservoir and the clay-colored sparrow …

Valley Views: Adumbration

Friday, December 19, 2014

Adumbration, Springfield Road, Belchertown Photo and text by Julius Lester, Belchertown November is its own season. The colors of autumn have faded, but winter has not arrived. On Nov. 13, when I saw the dead leaves with a sprinkling of snow on the deck, I felt I was looking at the past in …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, December 19, 2014

■ DAR State Forest First Day Hike — Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation sponsors a hike Jan. 1, 11 a.m., DAR State Forest, Route 112, Goshen. Meet in the day-use parking lot. Julie.Martin@state.ma.us. ■ Moonlight Snowshoe/Hike for Fitness — Jan. 3, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Northfield Mountain Recreation Center, …

Rain could jeopardize Calif. water conservation

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — After California’s driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state’s …

New coalition opposing Tennessee Gas Pipeline hires lawyer specializing in energy issues

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Franklin Land Trust and seven other environmental organizations in the region have formed a coalition to fight the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline, hiring a Boston regulatory attorney who specializes in energy issues. The new group, calling itself Northeast Energy Solutions, was created to analyze, advocate and work …

Zoo death cuts northern white rhino numbers to 5

Monday, December 15, 2014

With the death at San Diego Zoo Safari Park of a northern white rhino, the species is five animals away from extinction. The death of Angalifu, a 44-year-old male northern white rhino, leaves an elderly female at the …

UN climate talks salvaged by last-minute agreement

Sunday, December 14, 2014

LIMA, Peru — A last-minute deal that salvaged U.N. climate talks from collapse early Sunday sends a signal the rich-poor divide that long held up progress can be overcome with a year to go before a landmark pact …

UN climate talks in Peru seem headed for overtime

Friday, December 12, 2014

LIMA, Peru — U.N. global warming talks seemed set to spill over into the weekend as negotiators bickered Friday over the content of climate action plans that countries should unveil in the run-up to a key summit in …

Bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A snowy owl was seen for a day in downtown Springfield. Three long-eared owls were found in the honeypot section of Hadley, and a …

Valley Views: Last call before hibernation

Friday, December 12, 2014

Last call before hibernation Plum Brook Conservation Area, Amherst Photo and text by Karen Lemoine of Amherst During my daily walks along the pond at Plum Brook Conservation Area in Amherst, I have noticed this log always has …

Heading Outdoors

Friday, November 21, 2014

∎ ■ Anti- Pipeline Rally — Climate Action NOW! and other groups are sponsoring a rally for presidential veto of the Keystone XL Saturday, noon-2 p.m., Hampshire County Courthouse, Main St., Northampton. climateactionnowma.org ∎ ■ ∎ Valley Community Land Trust — Information session to learn about VCLT properties for sale in …

Man lost at sea 12 days renews contact with son

Thursday, December 11, 2014

HONOLULU — A Hawaii fisherman who rode out massive waves and survived on raw fish while lost at sea for 12 days said the ordeal was worthwhile because it led to him reconnecting with the son he’d lost …