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Maples and other hardwoods, as seen from Bramble Hill Farm in Amherst. Some dense stands of maple may disappear from New England due to climate change.

Earth Matters: Plant changes brought by climate changes will force us to change, too

Friday, October 9, 2015

From the Vatican to the White House we are hearing increased acceptance of and concern about climate change. Even the U. S. military has finally acknowledged that sea level rise is a threat to national security, such as causing the flooding of Norfolk Naval Base. We find our attention grabbed by dramatic events such as storms, drought and sea-level rise. …

Valley Views: Barred Owls

Friday, October 9, 2015

Barred Owls DAR State Forest, Goshen Andrew Brodeur, Southampton While on a family camping trip in July at the DAR state forest in Goshen, we had been hearing barred owls whooing all week. My 10- year-old son loves owls, so one evening he rode his bike around the campground whooing, hoping to get …

Bird sightings

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Two red-headed woodpeckers continue to be seen on the West Road trail on the Longmeadow Flats. A blue grosbeak and two orange-crowned warblers were found in the Arcadia Meadows of Northampton. A cackling goose and a greater white-fronted goose …

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeks additional details about Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, October 9, 2015

Federal regulators have sent the proponents of a roughly 420-mile natural gas pipeline planned to cross western Massachusetts a 32-page list of issues they want addressed in the report filed with the formal application for the project later this month. The comments on draft resource reports for the …

Sleeping Idaho hunter wakes up to black bear biting his head

Thursday, October 8, 2015

BOISE, Idaho — A hunter asleep in the remote Idaho wilderness woke up when he felt something tugging on his hair. Then he heard the black bear breathing. Stephen Vouch, 29, reached behind his head and felt it …

State DPU allows utilities to sign long-term contracts with gas pipeline companies

Monday, October 5, 2015

To help reduce winter electricity price increases, the state’s utility regulators will allow power generators to sign long-term contracts with gas pipeline companies. But what seems like good news for consumers is being criticized by some as a potential backdoor benefit for those arguing for construction of new …

Judge won’t stop planned Florida bear hunt

Friday, October 2, 2015

By Gray Rohrer Orlando Sentinel (TNS) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Licensed Floridians will still be able to bag a bear in Florida later this month after a state judge Thursday refused to stop the planned hunt. “The methodology that (Florida Fish and Wildlife officials) used in coming up with …

Joaquin batters Bahamas

Thursday, October 1, 2015

ELEUTHERA, Bahamas (AP) — Hurricane Joaquin unleased heavy flooding as it roared through sparsely populated islands in the eastern Bahamas on Thursday as a Category 4 storm, with forecasters warning it could grow even stronger before carving a …

Corals off South Florida hit with severe bleaching

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

By David Fleshler Sun Sentinel (TNS) FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Corals are turning chalk white and dying on reefs stretching from the Florida Keys to Palm Beach County, in what experts call one of the worst episodes in two decades of coral bleaching. Under stress from unusually warm …

Emu on loose for week in NH returns to Vt. in back of a Prius

Monday, September 28, 2015

BOW, N.H. — An emu famous for running wild through New Hampshire for more than a week has been reunited with its owner and returned home safely to Vermont in the back of a Toyota Prius. The Concord …

Fishermen worry as black sea bass move in

Monday, September 28, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — As waters warm off the coast of New England, black sea bass are moving north and, fishermen say, threatening the region’s most valuable aquatic species: the lobster. The influx of sea bass — among a number of species that are appearing in greater numbers off …

Cider tasting room opens in Shelburne

Sunday, September 27, 2015

SHELBURNE CENTER — West County Cider is now offering weekend tastings and sales of its ciders, plus breads, cheeses and other fare at 106 Bardwells Ferry Road, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through …

EPA: Clean water’s real cost coming due soon

Sunday, September 27, 2015

BOSTON — In Massachusetts, where some water and sewer systems in older cities date back to the 1800s, experts predict billions of dollars will be needed in the coming years to ensure that clean drinking water continues to …