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Franklin Council of Governments will offer assistance to towns in Tennessee Gas Pipeline filing

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments is looking into providing legal and technical assistance to help towns deal with the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. The COG’s Regional Pipeline Advisory Committee, which has been coordinating its efforts with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and other regional planning agencies, told delegates from some of the eight Franklin County towns along the pipeline route this week …

Report catalogs lasting damage from Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Monday, March 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — Dolphins are dying in unusually high numbers. Sea turtle nests are declining. Tuna are developing abnormally. And pelicans and gulls are suffering from the lasting effects of a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago, the National Wildlife Federation warned in a report released Monday. The impact is concentrated in the northern Gulf, but scientists say the …

US offers up to 28% emissions cut for global climate treaty

Monday, March 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a highly anticipated announcement, the United States will offer a roughly 28 percent emissions cut as its contribution to a major global climate treaty nearing the final stages of negotiation, according to people briefed on the White House’s plans. The U.S. plans to announce its commitment Tuesday, the informal deadline …

Valley Views: Bald Eagle in Flight

Friday, March 27, 2015

Earth Matters: Maybe we are all climate change deniers

Friday, March 27, 2015

If you’re anything like me, you’re a walking contradiction. I understand climate change and what causes it; I read articles about sea level rise, catastrophic drought and the probability of climate refugees, hunger and planetary strife. I deeply …

Study: Melting of Antarctic ice shelves speeds up in last decade

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The frozen fringes of western Antarctica have been melting 70 percent faster in the last decade, raising concern that an important buttress keeping land-based ice sheets from flowing to the sea could collapse or vanish in coming decades, a new study shows. An acceleration in the flow of …

Report: NE biodiversity threatened

Thursday, March 26, 2015

BOSTON — From picturesque coastal estuaries of Cape Cod to the soaring White Mountains, much of New England’s rich native flora is fighting for survival against increasing odds, according to what conservationists call the most comprehensive accounting ever …

Environmental groups respond to latest impact report filed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, March 20, 2015

While Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s draft environmental impact report for its Northeast Energy Direct project is being reviewed by area groups and communities along the 430-mile-long path, groups have been responding to the proposal in general — especially environmental organizations battling the proposed roughly $5 billion project. Northeast Energy …

Experts say melting snow in the Valley unlikely to contribute to flood risk

Friday, March 20, 2015

Despite the record snowfall this winter in some parts of the state, experts are not expecting any increased risk of flooding in the Pioneer Valley. “The spring flood threat for the Connecticut River is normal,” Nicole Belk, a hydrologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton said in …

Like Keystone, Energy East Pipeline is raising concerns

Friday, March 20, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: The proposed KeystoneXL oil pipeline from Canada into the U.S. seems to get all the headlines, but shouldn’t we also be worried about the Energy East pipeline? – Art Shea, Troy, New York The Energy East …

Valley Views: Berry Bandit, Northampton

Friday, March 20, 2015

Berry Bandit Smith College campus, Northampton Photograph and text by Dot Barnard, North Hatfield I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a bird feeder or two or three hanging in my backyard. I love watching the …

Calif. proposes $1B in drought spending

Thursday, March 19, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As California copes with a fourth straight year of drought, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Thursday proposed legislation to accelerate more than $1 billion in water spending and urged residents to do their …

Obama orders government to cut emissions

Thursday, March 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama ordered the federal government on Thursday to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by nearly half over the next decade, driving his climate change agenda forward despite percolating challenges from Republican-led states. By curtailing …