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Environment

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. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found that the rule “was substantively and procedurally valid,” turning aside challenges brought by Republican-led … 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, and area residents’ reaction to the way the project was presented, bears striking resemblance to … 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 p.m., Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton. Trail clearing, invasive species removal, landscaping, more. For more information … 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

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, April 11, 2014

AMERICAN KESTREL Honey Pot area, Cemetery Road, Hadley Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley Driving slowly through the Honey Pot area of Hadley, off Cemetery Road, I saw a bird land on a post … 0

Welcome to the neighborhood

Friday, April 11, 2014

A black bear and a Siamese cat named Wesley found themselves nearly face-to-face in Northampton’s Laurel Park in this photo, taken April 3 and emailed to the Gazette by Elizabeth Nett. … 0

Love is where you find it

Friday, April 11, 2014

Alicia DiPietro of Easthampton was walking her dog on March 29 along the section of the Norwottuck Rail Trail that runs parallel to Lovefield Street when she noticed this heart-shaped puddle created by the melting snow. PHOTO COURTESY … 0

Chesterfield residents invited to session Saturday about Solarize Mass

Thursday, April 10, 2014

CHESTERFIELD — A solar information session Saturday morning will help residents seeking to cut their energy bills while investing in sustainable and renewable energy. As part of the Solarize Chesterfield initiative, representatives from Real Good Solar will be on hand to explain how the program works. The session … 0

Expert baffled by ferocity, distance of ‘freakish’ landslide

Thursday, April 10, 2014

SEATTLE — Richard Iverson may be one of the world’s foremost landslide experts, but if he had been driving along the Stillaguamish River March 22 when the slope across from Steelhead Drive began to crumble, he wouldn’t have fled to high ground. He would have pulled over to … 0

Total lunar eclipse next week: What is a ‘blood moon’?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mark your calendars, sky watchers: In one week a total lunar eclipse will turn the moon an eerie shade of red. On April 15, at 1:58 a.m. EDT, the moon will move into Earth’s shadow. The full lunar eclipse - when the entirety of the moon is shaded … 0

Mixed reception in Montague for representatives of Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MONTAGUE — Representatives of the company planning a natural gas pipeline through Franklin County attended their first local public meeting this week to a mixed reception. At least 80 people Monday filled the Town Hall’s upstairs meeting room and the attached hallway, with an overflow room downstairs. The … 0

TransCanada Corp. to move guardrails, reducing parking for tubing, boating near Stillwater Bridge in Deerfield

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

DEERFIELD — Parking near Stillwater Bridge for people who want to go tubing, boating or fishing on the Deerfield River will be more challenging this summer. TransCanada Corp., the hydro-electric company that owns part of Deerfield River bank … 1