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This Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows an aerial view of the lava flow over Cemetery Road and Apa?a Street near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Rain fell Wednesday on a red-hot river of lava as it threatened to consume its first home on its slow advance into a rural Hawaii town. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)

Guard to boost security around Hawaii lava flow

Friday, October 31, 2014

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the lumber- and sugar-plantation heydey. Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira said Thursday the National Guard is deploying 83 troops to Pahoa …

GE pans EPA’s Housatonic cleanup plan

Thursday, October 30, 2014

PITTSFIELD — General Electric Co. has sharply criticized the federal government’s $619 million proposal to clean chemicals from the Housatonic River in Pittsfield and other communities downstream. GE’s 128-page response this week to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the Rest of River plan “is far larger and more destructive than remedies that have already been rejected ... as doing more harm than …

Lava creeps closer to Hawaii homes

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

PAHOA, Hawaii — After weeks of slow, stop-and-go movement, a river of asphalt-black lava was less than the length of a football field from homes in a Big Island community Tuesday. The lava flow easily burned down an empty shed at about 7:30 a.m., several hours after entering a residential property in Pahoa …

'In a year or two, they'll all be dead' Tiny insect is killing off Northampton's red pine trees

Monday, October 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A tiny insect the size of a fleck of pepper is wreaking havoc on red pine trees in the city’s watershed lands, forcing the Department of Public Works to hire a forester to survey the trees …

Activist dives in dumpsters across US to highlight food waste

Monday, October 20, 2014

CLEVELAND — Rob Greenfield is standing barefoot and shirtless in a dumpster when he finds the strawberries. He’s ravenous after bicycling more than 60 miles, so he stops rummaging through bags and boxes to open the container of …

More sea turtles come to Florida, but reasons mysterious

Monday, October 20, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — This year’s early count of sea turtles nesting on Florida beaches is encouraging, though there are many unknowns in the numbers. Welcome to the mysterious world of sea turtles, which spend much of their life far from Florida’s beaches encountering fishing boats, oil spills, plastic …

Nepal closes trekking route with storm’s death toll at 38

Sunday, October 19, 2014

KATMANDU, Nepal — Nepalese officials closed a section of a popular Himalayan trekking route Sunday after rescuers, overwhelmed with last week’s snowstorms that killed at least 38 people, had to save new hikers who set out after the …

Hikers enjoy Salamander Trail at newly opened Mount Warner Reservation in Hadley

Saturday, October 18, 2014

HADLEY — Outdoor enthusiasts dodged falling leaves Saturday to take the inaugural hike on the newly opened Mount Warner Reservation. “Every time you walk a trail here, it’s different,” said Hadley resident Andrew Morris-Friedman. “It’s great to be …

From costumes to art, Northampton ReUse Committee encourages repurposing waste

Saturday, October 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Ellen Smith showed up at the Halloween costume swap at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Saturday morning to drop off the makings for a skunk and rooster. She and her 5-year-old twin sons Gabe and …

Pipeline opponents sponsor ‘Not in Anyone’s Back Yard Sales’ fundraiser

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cummington is among the Hilltowns that will join other communities in Massachusetts and New York this weekend in holding a “Not in Anyone’s Back Yard Sales” fundraiser to fight a proposed natural gas pipeline. Other participating towns in the region include Conway, Northfield, Orange, Athol and Royalston. While …

Are bans on plastic bags making a dent?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest on efforts to ban plastic bags? How many U.S. locales have instituted some kind of ban, and have these initiatives made a dent in the amount of plastic litter? — Melinda Clarke, New …

Bird Sightings

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A Nelson’s sparrow was found in the Arcadia Meadows of Northampton. A white-fronted goose was seen with a large flock of Canada geese off …

Deerfield River Watershed Association celebrates 25th anniversary

Friday, October 17, 2014

Before the federal government got rolling on relicensing seven hydroelectric dams along the Deerfield River a quarter century ago, a group of state, regional and local groups got their oars into the water, collaborating on a process that …