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Environment

Climate scientists have a beef with beef

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

If you want to slow climate change, white meat may be the right meat, according to two studies that tally the environmental effect of the beef industry. Raising cattle in the U.S. requires 28 times as much land and 11 times as much irrigation water, and pumps at least five times as much planet-warming gases into Earth’s atmosphere than producing the equivalent calories of dairy products, poultry, pork or eggs, … 0

Shark sightings off Cape Cod boost tourism

Monday, July 21, 2014

CHATHAM — Great white sharks are having an unusual effect on Cape Cod this summer, and many a merchant is going to need a bigger wallet. The sharks being spotted in growing numbers are stirring curiosity and a buying frenzy for shark-related merchandise. Shark T-shirts are everywhere, “Jaws” has been playing in local … 0

Rare bumblebee rebounding? Sightings creating hopeful buzz

Monday, July 21, 2014

SEATTLE — For Will Peterman, the first thrill was spotting a rare, Western bumblebee north of Seattle last summer. The second was when the calls and emails started rolling in. Once abundant throughout the Western United States, the bumblebee with the distinctive white rump began to disappear in the 1990s. By the time … 0

A brief getaway: 200 pairs of panties stolen at Georgia mall

Monday, July 21, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the theft of 200 pairs of panties at an east Georgia shopping mall. Richmond County sheriff’s officials say a thief stole the panties from Victoria’s Secret in Augusta Mall shortly before noon Saturday. The Augusta Chronicle reports that security video shows … 0

Resurgence of gray seals spurs calls for hunt

Sunday, July 20, 2014

ROCKLAND, Maine — Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that some frustrated residents are calling for a controlled hunt. The once-thriving New England gray seal … 0

Suddenly, the sun is quiet: Where did the sunspots go?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The sun has gone quiet. Almost too quiet. A few weeks ago it was teeming with sunspots, as you would expect since we are supposed to be in the middle of solar maximum-the time in the sun’s 11-year cycle when it is the most active. But now, there … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. An Acadian flycatcher was found inside Gate 22 of the Quabbin Reservoir. Two adult and three young orchard orioles were reported in Northampton. A … 0

Earth Matters: Sights and sounds of the seasons: A Texas immigrant’s experience

Friday, July 18, 2014

When most folks imagine retirement, they usually think of a move to a warmer climate. However, some of us have gone in the opposite direction. Yes, it is a long way from Texas to Massachusetts, both in distance … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, July 18, 2014

WOODCHUCK Newton Street, South Hadley Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley It’s garden time and this woodchuck, also known as a groundhog, appears to have caught the scent of tender young plants as he … 0

Seneca Nation commits to native-only landscaping

Sunday, July 13, 2014

CATTARAUGUS RESERVATION, N.Y. — The Seneca Indian Nation is strengthening its roots to the land with a new commitment to use only indigenous plants and trees in public landscaping. The western New York tribe is believed to be … 0

Ohio scientist to test water before fracking soars

Sunday, July 13, 2014

As the shale gas boom was making its way into Ohio in 2012, University of Cincinnati scientist Amy Townsend-Small began testing private water wells in Carroll County, the epicenter of the Utica Shale. Her project, which includes samples of more than 100 wells, is one of the few … 0

Deerfield fruit farm owner Tom Clark decries Tennessee Gas pipeline project

Friday, July 11, 2014

DEERFIELD — Clarkdale Fruit Farm, usually associated with acres of apples, peaches and cherries, became a focus Friday of growing opposition to the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline, as dozens of anti-pipeline protesters gathered at one stop of a … 0

Earth Talk: Is there a link between obesity and chemicals in everyday products?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that, above and beyond our bad eating and lifestyle habits, some chemicals in everyday products are contributing to the obesity problem. Can you explain? — Alyssa Israel, Fairfield, Conn. Obesity is a huge problem … 0