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Environment

Valley Views: Bald Eagle in Flight

Friday, March 27, 2015

Earth Matters: Maybe we are all climate change deniers

Friday, March 27, 2015

If you’re anything like me, you’re a walking contradiction. I understand climate change and what causes it; I read articles about sea level rise, catastrophic drought and the probability of climate refugees, hunger and planetary strife. I deeply understand what we (I) are doing to our only home. I don’t think I’m immune …

Study: Melting of Antarctic ice shelves speeds up in last decade

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The frozen fringes of western Antarctica have been melting 70 percent faster in the last decade, raising concern that an important buttress keeping land-based ice sheets from flowing to the sea could collapse or vanish in coming decades, a new study shows. An acceleration in the flow of massive ice sheets would add substantially to the ongoing rise of sea levels, according to …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline files environmental report with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Friday, March 13, 2015

Proponents of a natural gas pipeline that would cross western Massachusetts passed a key milestone Friday by filing its first draft environmental impact report on the roughly $5 billion project with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. is proposing that its Northeast Energy Direct project …

Valley Views: Cardinal Way Pond Mythic Monster

Friday, March 13, 2015

Cardinal Way Pond Mythic Monster Cardinal Way and Burts Pit Road, Florence Photograph and text by Larry Cadotette of Florence This small pound, located near the intersection of Cardinal Way and Burts Pit Road in Florence, is a …

Earth Matters: Global is local: How the climate is changing in the Northeast

Friday, March 13, 2015

Climate change is a huge issue for the entire planet and it touches all parts of our lives. We can see it right here in our region. The good news is that citizens and institutions are responding. New …

Final stages for cleaning two polluted sites at East Deerfield Rail Yard

Friday, March 13, 2015

DEERFIELD — The cleanup of two polluted sites in the East Deerfield Rail Yard is in its final stages. Lyndsey Colburn, a project manager from Environmental Resource Management, the environmental consulting firm hired by rail yard owner Pan Am Railways to oversee the project, told the Select Board …

Historic Deerfield denies permission for Tennessee Gas to survey near Pine Hill

Thursday, March 12, 2015

DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield now officially counts itself among the growing number of groups standing against the Tennessee Gas Co. proposed pipeline, which is expected to pass through the museum’s property in the North Meadows section of Deerfield. Museum President Philip Zea, in a letter to James D. …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing on legislative committee which issued report on climate change

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A new state Senate report on climate change is a call to action for the new Baker administration, as well as the Legislature, to set policies in the face of deepening environmental impacts, said state Sen. Benjamin Downing, one of six members on the committee which drafted the …

What you need to know about the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

One of the biggest environmental controversies of the Obama administration got locked up in Congress again this week, when the Republican-controlled Senate failed to override President Barack Obama’s recent veto of legislation that would have forced a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. From the halls of Congress …

Swiss-made solar-powered plane airborne on historic round-the-world trip

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — With its wings stretched wide to catch the sun’s energy, a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft took off from Abu Dhabi just after daybreak Monday in a historic first attempt to fly around the …

Environmental films at Tower Theaters

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

IN THE NEWS Environmental films at Tower Theaters The fifth Project Native environmental film festival will begin Sunday at the Tower Theaters in South Hadley. The schedule is 10 a.m., “Dam Nation” (53 minutes); 11:30 a.m., “Plastic Paradise” (57 minutes); 1 p.m., “The Starfish Throwers” (82 minutes); 2:50 …

At Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, partnerships key to conservation efforts

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Forging working partnerships with landowners, state and federal agencies and private and nonprofit groups plays a critical role in the success of most conservation efforts. Assessing potential projects and rounding up the right players is a key part …