Daily Hampshire Gazette - Established 1786
Cloudy
67°
Cloudy
Hi 79° | Lo 52°

Environment

Loan from Common Good Finance boosts completion of Northeast Biodiesel plant in Greenfield

Friday, September 4, 2015

Long in the planning to ensure it is locally owned, the Northeast Biodiesel plant nearly ready at the Greenfield Industrial Park is getting a final boost from a 160-member, community-based nonprofit finance system. The $200,000, seven-year loan is provided by Ashfield-based Common Good Finance to Co-op Power, a Hatfield-based energy cooperative that is developing the $4.2 million biodiesel plant. It will cap a six-month campaign to raise the final $850,000 …

Whately seeks bids for work stablizing banks of the Mill River

Thursday, September 3, 2015

WHATELY — Town officials are seeking bids from contractors to stabilize the banks of the Mill River before they collapse and contaminate two nearby wells that supply water to nearly half of the town’s residents. The town will accept bids until Sept. 16, and a mandatory prebid conference is scheduled for Wednesday at the project site. The conference will be hosted by Nick …

Obama heads north of Arctic Circle

Thursday, September 3, 2015

KOTZEBUE, Alaska — President Barack Obama crossed the Arctic Circle on Wednesday in a first by a sitting U.S. president, telling residents in a far-flung Alaska village that their plight should be the world’s wake-up call on global warming. Obama’s visit to Kotzebue, a town of some 3,000 people in the Alaska Arctic, …

Tuning in to crickets and katydids calling out on an August night

Friday, August 28, 2015

Caution: Reading this article will change your life. I love the August night sounds. Those still, hot and humid nights can be oppressive, but there’s a way to escape into a different world, the soundscape of crickets and …

Valley Views: Waiting raindrops

Friday, August 28, 2015

Waiting Raindrops Springfield Road, Belchertown, Photograph and text by Julius Lester, Belchertown Walking from the house to the garage in mid-June I saw this remnant of the previous night’s rain. When I came back a couple of hours …

Calif. cuts water use by 31% in July amid drought

Thursday, August 27, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. — California cities cut water use by a combined 31 percent in July, exceeding the governor’s statewide mandate to conserve, officials said Thursday. The strong water conservation figures show California residents are beginning to understand the …

Scientists squabble while Africa’s only penguins risk extinction

Thursday, August 27, 2015

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — They’re cute, knee-high, they bray like donkeys and are a tourist attraction near Cape Town. But African Penguins — the continent’s only species of the flightless bird — are at risk of extinction. …

One of twin newborn pandas in DC dies

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — One of two pandas whose weekend births captured world attention died Wednesday, a reminder that the bears who grow into giant puffy icons enter the world as fragile creatures, hairless and weighing about as much as a bar of soap. The birth of the twins at …

Vt. snake collector gives pair of pythons to Mass. sanctuary

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NORTH CLARENDON, Vt. — Two giant southeast Asian pythons that were rescued by a longtime snake collector and were turned over to state game wardens are headed to a sanctuary. The larger of the two reticulated pythons picked …

EPA knew old mine posed risk of ‘blowout’

Monday, August 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials knew of the potential for a catastrophic “blowout” of toxic wastewater from an inactive gold mine, yet appeared to have only a cursory plan to deal with such an event when government contractors triggered …

Boaters map Pacific garbage, offer report

Sunday, August 23, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Far away from California’s coast, where the Pacific Ocean currents swirl, the blue of the sea was replaced by fishing nets, buckets, buoys, laundry baskets and unidentifiable pieces of plastic that floated past the Ocean …

Panda-monium at National Zoo: Mei Xiang has twins

Sunday, August 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — It’s double trouble for the National Zoo after its adult female panda gave birth to twins. The cubs arrived about five hours apart Saturday. Panda mom Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) gave birth to the first cub at …

Valley Views: Scarlet Tanager

Friday, August 21, 2015

Scarlet Tanager Coombs Road, Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, South Hadley I have recently enjoyed watching and photographing the many birds visiting the mulberry tree in the parking lot of Arcadia Wildlife …