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FILE - In this May 31, 2015 file photo, an Indian man rests in front of an air cooler to cool himself on a hot summer day in Hyderabad, in the southern Indian state of Telangana. Because of man-made global warming and a strong El Nino, Earth’s wild weather this year is bursting the annual heat record, the World Meteorological Organization announced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A., File)

UN expects 2015 to break heat record

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Because of man-made global warming and a strong El Nino, Earth’s wild weather this year is bursting the annual heat record, the World Meteorological Organization announced on Wednesday. The United Nations weather agency’s early bird report on 2015 says it is the hottest year on record, surpassing last year’s record heat. It made the proclamation without waiting for …

Horns, body of Nola the rhino to be preserved at Smithsonian

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SAN DIEGO — The horns and body of Nola, the northern white rhino who died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, are being sent to the Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington to assist researchers. Nola’s death leaves only three northern white rhinos in the world — all in the Ol Pejeta Sanctuary in Kenya. At 41, …

Activists challenge deer hunt

Sunday, November 22, 2015

BOSTON — A plan to allow hunting in a nearly 11-square-mile swath of pristine forest within sight of downtown Boston to thin the exploding deer population is coming under fire from activists who insist that contraception and other more humane methods be used. The hunt in the Blue Hills Reservation is needed to …

Coalitions in Massachusetts and New Hampshire call for joint federal review of all pipeline proposals in region

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Three municipal coalitions in Massachusetts and New Hampshire have called for a consolidated federal review of all pipeline proposals in the region. A letter sent Friday to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from the coalitions representing 38 communities follows release last week of a study commissioned by Massachusetts …

Saved by the soil: Climate change and the earth beneath our feet

Friday, November 20, 2015

The challenge of climate change presents a dizzying array of choices and obstacles to consider as we try to develop global solutions. As an activist and a gardener, I’ve been heartened to know that part of the answer …

Valley Views

Friday, November 20, 2015

White-Throated Sparrow Quabbin Reservoir, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, Amherst My usual thoughts on sparrows are that they are everywhere and are all brown and look alike. Lately I have been trying to photograph them …

Heading outdoors

Friday, September 4, 2015

 Pioneer Valley Women’s Running Club — Weekly runs for women of all ages and abilities Saturdays, 8 a.m., Forest Park, Springfield. pvwrc.org  Boreal Spruce-Fir Forest Late Fall Hike — Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Notchview Reservation, Route 9, Windsor. 532-1631 or pvregion@ttor.org to register.  Trees and Forest …

Deerfield Academy joins opposition to Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Thursday, November 19, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield Academy has joined the growing opposition among the area’s private schools to the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Spokesman David Thiel said the school’s trustees voted at a recent meeting to adopt a resolution opposing the project, which would …

Opponents of Tennessee Gas Pipeline applaud report commissioned by Massachusetts attorney general’s office

Thursday, November 19, 2015

A new study of the region’s energy demands and reliability through 2030, commissioned by the state attorney general’s office, is being hailed by people who have questioned the need for the Northeast Energy Direct gas pipeline expected to be formally proposed Friday. However, the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., …

Wal-Mart grant aids effort to preserve 1,650-acre Northfield Forest

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHFIELD — An effort to protect the 1,650-acre Northfield Forest is $250,000 closer to its goal thanks to a grant from Wal-Mart. The national nonprofit land conservation organization Trust for Public Land received the money through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to ensure the land’s protection. The …

Solarize PAB signs up 104 residents in Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland residents have signed up for 104 solar photovoltaic energy systems through the Solarize PAB (Plainfield, Ashfield, Buckland) purchasing collective, which will result in about 800 kilowatts of solar-produced energy to be produced in those …

US, Cuba authorize environmental accord

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

HAVANA — The United States and Cuba signed an agreement Wednesday to join forces and protect the vast array of fish and corals they share as countries separated by just 90 miles, the first environmental accord since announcing …

Study commissioned by Attorney General Maura Healey finds no need for increased gas supply

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A new energy reliability report commissioned by state Attorney General Maura Healey concludes that New England is unlikely to face electric reliability issues in the next 15 years and that energy efficiency and “demand-response” mechanisms can better provide …