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A man relaxes by the fountain of the Trocadero gardens, in front of the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. A mass of hot air moving north from Africa has driven up temperatures in Spain, Portugal, Britain and France in recent days. Temperatures in Paris were expected to hit 39 degrees Celsius (102 Fahrenheit) Wednesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

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 on Wednesday to warn of health risks. …

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

Valley Views: Catbird in an Apple Tree

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Catbirds, like robins, are very common, and I usually don’t think to grab my camera when I see one. This one, however, seemed to be saying “Look, this is my good side, take a picture.”  It was indeed his, …

Sunset over Hadley

Friday, June 19, 2015

Pope challenges world to clean up its filth

Thursday, June 18, 2015

VATICAN CITY — With a poet’s lyricism, a former chemist’s precision and a pontiff’s moral thunder, Pope Francis recast humanity’s relationship with nature in stark ethical terms, hoping to spur a warming, filthy world to clean up its …

Environmental coalition opposed to pipeline seeks halt to DPU proceedings on Berkshire Gas contract

Thursday, June 18, 2015

An anti-pipeline environmental coalition is calling on the Supreme Judicial Court to halt state proceedings on a request by Berkshire Gas Co. to tap into the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline. Coalition members are concerned that the state Department of Public Utilities is …

Hadley police warn of bear sighting near elementary school

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

HADLEY — Police received reports of a black bear wandering around Hadley Place, south of the Hadley Elementary School, on Monday evening and are telling residents to be on alert. “Use caution and common sense if you see a bear in your yard,” Hadley Police posted on their …

First Congregational Church in Amherst to halt fossil fuel investments

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

AMHERST — An Amherst church is joining a growing number of municipalities, colleges and universities and other religious institutions in attempting to divest from fossil fuel and making sure no additional investments are being made with companies contributing to climate change. The First Congregational Church this spring voted …

Mayflies cause crashes, close bridge for 2nd night

Monday, June 15, 2015

WRIGHTSVILLE, Pa. — A bridge has been closed for a second straight night because of swarms of mayflies so thick they caused accidents, authorities said. Wrightsville fire officials said the Route 462 bridge over the Susquehanna River between …

Pope backs climate-change science, denounces world leaders

Monday, June 15, 2015

ROME — Pope Francis has endorsed the science behind global warming and denounced the world’s political leaders for putting national self-interests ahead of action. The 192-page leaked draft of a papal encyclical, published Monday by the Italian magazine L’Espresso, is an attempt to influence the debate before United …

Northfield officials’ visit to Pennsylvania compressor station finds no ‘serious concentration of issues’

Saturday, June 13, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Northfield and Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, each have about 3,000 residents, and the rural communities would seem to share a lot of other similarities. And like Wellsboro, which has a series of gas lamps planted down the center island of the downtown, Northfield is targeted by the gas …

Earth Talk: How to tame the junk-mail tidal wave

Friday, June 12, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: It seems like I’m getting more junk mail than ever these days. How can I stop the deluge? — Grace Dixon, Houston, Texas First of all, you’re probably right! Junk mail has increased to a massive …