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In this Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, photo, Rosemaire Leavy, right, of Haverhill, Mass., displays a placard during a demonstration in Canton, Mass., to protest a planned deer hunt in the Blue Hills Reservation. A plan to allow hunting to cull an exploding deer population in a 7,000-acre swath of forest within sight of downtown Boston is under fire from activists who insist that more humane methods, including contraception or sterilization, be used. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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 trim a deer population estimated at 85 …

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 Attorney General Maura Healey that concludes additional gas pipeline capacity is not needed to lower …

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 lies right beneath my feet: the soil. With good reason, our attention has focused mainly …

Forest fires in Indonesia spawn ecological disaster

Monday, November 16, 2015

KAMPAR, Indonesia — For farmer Achmad Rusli, it was a season of smoke: Ten weeks without sunlight for his oranges, guavas and durians, thanks to deliberately set forest fires that burned a chunk of Indonesia the size of …

White deer face uncertain future at defunct weapons site

Monday, November 16, 2015

ROMULUS, N.Y. — Hundreds of ghostly white deer roaming among overgrown munitions bunkers at a sprawling former Army weapons depot face an uncertain future after living and breeding largely undisturbed since the middle of last century. The white …

Zebras flee circus in Philly

Monday, November 16, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — When you hear hoofbeats, the saying goes, you should think horses, not zebras. In Philadelphia on Sunday, you would have been wrong. A pair of zebras escaped from a circus and went running through the streets of west Philadelphia before they were recaptured, police said. The …

Bird sightings

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A pair of redheads was found in an open area of Cheshire Lake. A long-tailed duck was seen for two days on the Connecticut …

Valley Views: Enfield Lookout Autumn

Friday, November 13, 2015

Enfield Lookout, Autumn Quabbin Reservoir, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E, Ely, Amherst The Quabbin Reservoir has many wonderful spots. One of my favorites is the Enfield Lookout, so called because it overlooks the place of the …

Earth Talk: Republican candidates weak on environmental issues

Friday, November 13, 2015

Dear Earthtalk: Where do the leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination stand on environmental issues? — Susan Wollander, Raleigh, North Carolina In recent decades, Republicans have certainly been far less sympathetic to environmental causes than the Democrats, …

Your Photos

Friday, November 13, 2015

Environmental news briefs

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

IN THE NEWS Litter gatherers honored as ‘Heroes of the Ocean’ BOSTON — Volunteers who remove plastic bags, bottles and other litter from Massachusetts’ beaches are being honored this week as “Heroes of the Ocean.” The environmentalist group Women Working for Oceans and the Massachusetts Sierra Club, in …

Regional agencies oppose increased Connecticut River water release by Northfield Mountain hydroelectric station

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Two regional organizations are objecting to a proposal for the Northfield Mountain hydroelectric station to pump and release 25 percent more water from the Connecticut River over the next several months to generate more electricity for …

Americans about evenly split in choice of cremation or burial

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

According to The National Funeral Directors Association, in 2014 the national median cost of a conventional adult funeral with viewing, burial and vault was $8,508. The median cost of a funeral with viewing and cremation was $6,078. Though conservation burial prices vary by location, they generally cost about …