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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2014, file photo, morning traffic makes its way toward downtown Los Angeles along the Hollywood Freeway, past an electronic sign warning of severe drought. Recent storms have eased California's decade-long drought somewhat, but state officials are worried that the rain will give people an excuse to abandon their already paltry conservation efforts. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

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 first heavy downpours in years. Recent storms eased the drought somewhat, but there’s a long way to go. And state officials are …

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 on public education about not just Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, but …

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 park, three in a Kenyan preserve and one at a Czech Republic zoo. There were …

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 …

Storm drenches California coast, blankets Sierra Nevada, cuts power

Thursday, December 11, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — A powerful storm churned down the West Coast Thursday, bringing strong gales and much-needed rain and snow that caused widespread blackouts in Northern California and whiteouts in the Sierra Nevada. The brunt of the storm …

Harvard professor apologizes to Chinese restaurant for rant

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

BOSTON — A Harvard Business School instructor who blasted a Boston-area Chinese restaurant for overcharging him by $4 on a takeout order apologized Wednesday for a lengthy and widely publicized email exchange with restaurant management. Associate professor Benjamin Edelman had threatened legal action and demanded the Sichuan Garden …

America’s 10,000 gun ranges major source of lead poisoning from toxins in vapor and dust

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SEATTLE — A confused 38-year-old father in Kentucky rarely crawled out of bed. A conservation volunteer in Iowa lost feeling in his hands and feet. A 5-year-old girl in South King County, Washington, doubled over in pain and …

Environmental news in brief

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

IN THE NEWS Kentucky blasts EPA carbon-pollution rule Officials with the state of Kentucky say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency needs to rethink a carbon-pollution rule that could have the “most significant and far-reaching impact to environmental and energy policy that we have seen in 40 years.” In …