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Earth Talk

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: Where will be the best places to live if global warming gets the best of us? — Cynthia McIntosh, Jasper, Wyoming If temperatures around the globe continue to rise in the face of human-induced climate change as climatologists expect, some of the world’s most populous areas could become uninhabitable. Rising sea levels will flood out coastal areas, while …

Valley Views: Blue Heron in Flight

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Blue Heron in Flight Old Springfield Road, Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton Photograph and text by Larry Cadorette, Florence Every spring, toward the beginning of April, the blue herons return to the hatchery of the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton. Located within a wetland area adjacent to Old Springfield Road, a dozen or so …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎ Mount Toby Hike — New England Wildflower Society sponsors hike Saturday, Mount Toby, Sunderland. Jessica Nugent, jnugent@newenglandwildflower. ∎  Birds and Bird Songs — Trustees of Reservations sponsor bird hike Saturday, 6 to 10 a.m., Notchview Reservation, Route 9, Windsor. Pre-registration required. $5. 532-1631 or westregion@ttor.org to register. ∎ Celebrate Birds: Valley Family Bird Festival — Day of activities and demonstrations about the bird …

Developers eye propane as natural gas ban hits

Friday, May 29, 2015

The owners of a new downtown Amherst restaurant specializing in Italian cuisine got an unexpected surprise in March when they discovered that they could not tap into the natural gas supply. Faced with uncertainty over how he would power the kitchen at Fratelli’s Ristorante now that Berkshire Gas …

Moose that prowled Amherst streets, school grounds darted for move to rural area

Friday, May 29, 2015

AMHERST — Though taming a moose is not part of her job description, Superintendent Maria Geryk was among the first on the scene Friday morning assisting Carol Hepburn, the town’s animal welfare officer, in shepherding a 350- to …

Heat kills 1,100 in India

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Soaring summer temperatures in India have left over 1,100 people dead over the past month, officials said Wednesday. Most of the deaths have been reported in the southeastern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana. …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline meeting raises legal, technical consideration for municipal officials

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Although less heated than many forums about the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project that would cross western Massachusetts, a two-hour meeting Tuesday hosted by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments raised several legal and technical considerations for many of the roughly 60 municipal officials and others attending. Jeffrey …

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary earns spot in Yankee Magazine ‘Best of New England’ travel guide

Monday, May 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Yankee Magazine has named Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary to its annual list of New England’s best travel destinations. The sanctuary, listed in the category of “Best Birdwatching” in Massachusetts, is featured in the magazine’s Best of New …

Workshop Tuesday in Greenfield on federal review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Saturday, May 23, 2015

To help communities in the region plan for the formal federal review process of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, will hold a workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the dining commons at Greenfield Community College. …

Area legislators join anti-pipeline groups seeking legal status to intervene in Berkshire Gas pact with Tennesee Gas

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Several area state legislators are joining anti-pipeline groups seeking legal status to intervene in the request by Berkshire Gas Co. to become a customer of the planned Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, has joined with …

Congressman James McGovern, attorneys for environmental groups criticize Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, May 22, 2015

Two letters released by federal officials this week — including one by Congressman James McGovern — chide the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. for lack of transparency and misleading statements about its proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project. In letters …

Fed. data: As oil production soars, so has number of pipeline leaks

Friday, May 22, 2015

The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation’s infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents. Since 2009, the annual …

Earth Matters: Climate change: A local group takes on a global issue

Friday, May 22, 2015

The year 2014 was the warmest ever recorded. Every region of the United States except Hawaii has seen more extreme precipitation episodes in the last 10 years, led by the Northeast with a stunning 71 percent increase. This …