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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2014, file photo, morning traffic makes its way toward downtown Los Angeles along the Hollywood Freeway, past an electronic sign warning of severe drought. Recent storms have eased California's decade-long drought somewhat, but state officials are worried that the rain will give people an excuse to abandon their already paltry conservation efforts. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Rain could jeopardize Calif. water conservation

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — After California’s driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state’s first heavy downpours in years. Recent storms eased the drought somewhat, but there’s a long way to go. And state officials are …

New coalition opposing Tennessee Gas Pipeline hires lawyer specializing in energy issues

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Franklin Land Trust and seven other environmental organizations in the region have formed a coalition to fight the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline, hiring a Boston regulatory attorney who specializes in energy issues. The new group, calling itself Northeast Energy Solutions, was created to analyze, advocate and work on public education about not just Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, but …

Zoo death cuts northern white rhino numbers to 5

Monday, December 15, 2014

With the death at San Diego Zoo Safari Park of a northern white rhino, the species is five animals away from extinction. The death of Angalifu, a 44-year-old male northern white rhino, leaves an elderly female at the park, three in a Kenyan preserve and one at a Czech Republic zoo. There were …

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 …

Valley Views: Sunrise at Hank’s Meadow, Quabbin Park, Belchertown

Friday, December 5, 2014

Sunrise at Quabbin, Hank’s Meadow, Quabbin Park, Belchertown Photo and text by Pete Miller of East Longmeadow I woke up early Oct. 14 and drove through the dark to situate myself and camera equipment to create a dramatic …

Earth Matters: O, say can you see an eagle?

Friday, December 5, 2014

When a bald eagle flies, it lifts more than its roughly 10 pounds. The weight of nations has been carried for thousands of years by various eagles serving as symbols for Armenia, Mexico, Poland, ancient Rome and many …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline promises to ‘make whole’ farmers who sign agreements

Friday, December 5, 2014

AMHERST — Farmers who sign agreements with Tennessee Gas Pipeline granting easements for the company’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project will be “made whole,” according to the company. But, during the annual meeting Thursday of the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation, they also were cautioned to understand all the …

UN: 2014 on track for hottest year

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

LIMA, Peru — With temperature data showing 2014 currently tied for the hottest year on record, the U.N. weather agency on Wednesday rejected claims that global warming has paused. The World Meteorological Organization said the global average temperature …