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DAVID SPECTOR
Some people see a jigsaw puzzle, toads or engravings in the bark of this sycamore, the famous Buttonball Tree on Route 47 in Sunderland.

Earth Matters: The puzzle tree: Independence Day musings on sycamores

Thursday, July 2, 2015

I’ll be thinking about the eastern sycamore tree this Independence Day, an American tree on our national holiday. Although all trees might be said to be “created equal” from a moral perspective, each tree species has its own value to those who use trees. I eat apples; squirrels eat acorns; crossbills eat conifer seeds; many insects are specialized to feed …

W. Europe swelters in heat wave

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

PARIS — Joggers wheezed, electric wires warped, and Britain sweated through its hottest July day on record as a wide swath of Western Europe sweltered in a heat wave. Authorities in France and elsewhere, mindful that thousands died during a 2003 heat wave, reached out to the elderly, families and other vulnerable people …

Federal regulators plan July 29 meeting in Greenfield on Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Federal regulators have issued formal notice for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Northeast Energy Direct project, scheduling a July 29 public meeting in Greenfield. The notice starts the clock for the 60-day process to decide the scope of issues considered in a environmental impact statement on the project, which would cross Plainfield in Hampshire County and eight Franklin County towns en route from …

A little off the top

Monday, June 29, 2015

Groups push to bolster solar panel program

Monday, June 29, 2015

BOSTON — Environmentalists are pressing Massachusetts lawmakers to lift what they call arbitrary limits on a key program designed to encourage solar panel use in the state. The so-called “net-metering” program allows homeowners, businesses and local governments to …

Environmental groups question Beacon Hill Institute report on pipeline-created jobs

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A new report funded by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. states that construction of its Northeast Energy Direct pipeline would create 1,713 jobs in the state, and that the impact could be over 12,000 jobs by 2020. But the report, by the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University in …

Bird Sightings

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A common gallinule continues to be reported at Lake Wallace in Belchertown along with a white-eyed vireo A common nighthawk also continues to be …

Valley Views: Wild Turkey

Friday, June 26, 2015

Dutch court mandates action on global warming

Thursday, June 25, 2015

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A Dutch court ordered the government Wednesday to slash greenhouse gas emissions to help fight global warming, a landmark ruling in a case brought by hundreds of concerned citizens that could pave the way …

Storms hit East Coast as Midwest states clean up

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Severe weather that pounded the Midwest and spawned tornadoes shifted on Tuesday to the East Coast, where tornado warnings were issued in several states and rainstorms were strong enough to stop train service. The National Weather …

Holyoke-based union representing laborers cites impact of job creation by proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. could represent pay dirt for unionized construction workers around western Massachusetts, say two representatives for the Holyoke-based union local representing laborers. Even though the estimated 3,000 …

DPU rejects petitions by pipeline opponents for formal intervenor status in Berkshire Gas Co. contract case

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

By a single action, the state Department of Public Utilities has formally rejected three petitions related to the long-term contract proposed by the Berkshire Gas Co. with the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline proposed by the Tennessee Gas Co. With three days of evidentiary hearings scheduled to begin Wednesday …

Six-year dredging of Hudson for PCBs nears end

Monday, June 22, 2015

WATERFORD, N.Y. — Long after the last barge dredging toxins from the bottom of the upper Hudson River moves on, scientists will track the slow fade in contamination levels. General Electric Co. expects this year to finish removing …