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Environment

1935 Florida Keys hurricane upgraded to strongest on record

Thursday, April 24, 2014

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Great Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, which sand-blasted the clothing off people and killed 408 victims in the Florida Keys, has just blown away a longtime storm record. A National Hurricane Center reanalysis shows it was more powerful than Hurricane Camille, which for 45 years was listed as the mightiest storm on record to slam the continental United States. It roared into the Mississippi coast … 0

Sen. Bill Nelson calls Miami Beach ground zero

Thursday, April 24, 2014

MIAMI — Miami Beach became ground zero for climate change Tuesday when U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson convened a rare field hearing to draw national attention to the dangers posed by rising seas. “For those who deny sea level rise and climate change, here is the proof,” Nelson said halfway through the two-hour hearing at Miami Beach City Hall, and one of several times … 0

'We're not doing that' Orange state Rep. Denise Andrews against proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline, which would cross Franklin County

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

ORANGE — State Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, said she is opposed to the gas pipeline that’s been planned to cross Franklin County and the North Quabbin region and would be willing to get arrested to stop it. Andrews, the first area legislator to publicly oppose the proposal, shared her concerns with a gathering … 0

SLIDESHOW: A sure sign of spring: Black bears seen in Pioneer Valley neighborhoods

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When Ed Orzechowski and his wife, Gail, moved to Bear Hill Estates in Florence a little more than a year ago, they assumed the name of the complex was a Pioneer Valley throwback. But over the … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, April 18, 2014

HORNED LARK, AT REST Cemetery Road, Hadley Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley When standing still, with its coloring blending in with the cornstalks in this Honey Pot cornfield off Cemetery Road in Hadley, … 0

Earth Day 2014: Greening our cities

Friday, April 18, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: What’s going on with Earth Day this year and how can I get involved? — Christine B., Boston April 22 will mark the 44th annual celebration of Earth Day, and the focus this year will be … 1

Heading Outdoors

Friday, April 18, 2014

■∎ Hadley Bird Walk — Friends of the Mount Holyoke Range sponsor walk with John Green on April 19 from 7 to 10 a.m., Skinner State Park, Route 47, Hadley. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the park’s main gate off of Route … 0

Entergy proposes eliminating emergency planning zone after Vermont Yankee shuts down

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — Owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant want to do away with the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding its reactor after it ceases operation at the end of this year. The zone, which includes portions of Northfield, Bernardston, Gill, Greenfield, Leyden, Colrain, and Warwick in … 0

Appeals court upholds EPA limits on air toxicity

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever limits on air toxics, including emissions of mercury, arsenic and acid gases, preserving a far-reaching rule the White House had touted as central to President Barack Obama’s environmental agenda. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. … 0

Recalling earlier controversy over proposed natural gas pipeline through Franklin County

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The echoes of proposed pipeline activity through Franklin County 37 years ago are almost haunting in similarity to today’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline controversy. The Tennessee Atlantic Pipeline Co. proposal for a 500-mile natural gas pipeline through more than half a dozen county towns between New Brunswick and Pennsylvania, … 0

Heading Outdoors

Monday, April 14, 2014

■∎ Vernal Pool Exploration — Program with Charley Eiseman on April 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 525 S. Pleasant St., Amherst. Fee: $15. Preregistration required; call 256-6006. ■∎ Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteer Day — Takes place April 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 … 0

Cost of fighting warming still within reach — UN panel

Sunday, April 13, 2014

BERLIN — The cost of keeping global warming in check is “relatively modest,” but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.’s expert panel on … 0

What would nature do?

Friday, April 11, 2014

In an age when sustainable solutions to human problems have never been so important, wouldn’t it be nice to have a mentor to turn to for help and inspiration? Someone, or something, that has almost 4 billion years … 0