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ALF SOLLUND
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Earth Matters: Awesome auroras: Watch for them in a sky near you

Friday, December 19, 2014

By all accounts, I am a space junkie (I suppose that beats being space junk). Gazing skyward gives me a proper perspective on my worldly concerns. My childhood was enlivened by hours spent watching the first moon landings on a grainy television screen, and I am still stirred by Neil Armstrong’s first words upon stepping onto the lunar surface. I …

Bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A black-headed gull was found Sunday in Hadley. A Barrow’s goldeneye, three canvasbacks and a red-necked grebe were seen at Turners Falls. Another red-necked grebe was found at the southern end of the Quabbin Reservoir and the clay-colored sparrow …

Valley Views: Adumbration

Friday, December 19, 2014

Adumbration, Springfield Road, Belchertown Photo and text by Julius Lester, Belchertown November is its own season. The colors of autumn have faded, but winter has not arrived. On Nov. 13, when I saw the dead leaves with a sprinkling of snow on the deck, I felt I was looking at the past in …

Storm drenches California coast, blankets Sierra Nevada, cuts power

Thursday, December 11, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — A powerful storm churned down the West Coast Thursday, bringing strong gales and much-needed rain and snow that caused widespread blackouts in Northern California and whiteouts in the Sierra Nevada. The brunt of the storm …

Harvard professor apologizes to Chinese restaurant for rant

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

BOSTON — A Harvard Business School instructor who blasted a Boston-area Chinese restaurant for overcharging him by $4 on a takeout order apologized Wednesday for a lengthy and widely publicized email exchange with restaurant management. Associate professor Benjamin Edelman had threatened legal action and demanded the Sichuan Garden …

America’s 10,000 gun ranges major source of lead poisoning from toxins in vapor and dust

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SEATTLE — A confused 38-year-old father in Kentucky rarely crawled out of bed. A conservation volunteer in Iowa lost feeling in his hands and feet. A 5-year-old girl in South King County, Washington, doubled over in pain and …

Environmental news in brief

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

IN THE NEWS Kentucky blasts EPA carbon-pollution rule Officials with the state of Kentucky say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency needs to rethink a carbon-pollution rule that could have the “most significant and far-reaching impact to environmental and energy policy that we have seen in 40 years.” In …

UMass professor David Reckhow leads national team researching low-cost ways to keep drinking water clean

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

AMHERST — Water — we drink it, cook with it, bathe in it, and our lives are dependent on it. Yet many people know little about how water is treated to make sure it is fit for human …

Lost sweater-clad sheep reclaimed

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A sheep wearing a festive red-and-green sweater who was found wandering around Omaha has been reunited with his owner. Nebraska Humane Society spokeswoman Pam Wiese says someone reclaimed the sheep, named Gage, Tuesday evening. …

Texas biologists warm chilled sea turtles

Sunday, December 7, 2014

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Marine biologists have flown dozens of endangered sea turtles from Cape Cod to Galveston for treatment of hypothermia. The 50 Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, a critically endangered species, were shocked by recent cold temperatures …

Private forest owners aging, parcels shrinking

Sunday, December 7, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The age of forest landowners across the country is increasing and the size of parcels they own is shrinking — and that has state, federal and private experts fearing for the long-term health of millions …

Tennessee Gas to file revised preferred route for pipeline into New Hampshire

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. is shifting its preferred pipeline route through Franklin County into southern New Hampshire as part of a move to avoid restricted state-owned land and to increase the proportion that runs along power line rights-of-way, company officials announced Friday. The company plans to file …

Bird sightings this week in western Massachusetts

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A lark sparrow was found in the Honey Pot section of Hadley. Also seen in the Honey Pot and along Aqua Vita Road were …