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President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Centre, in Paris, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Obama discussed the COP21 climate change summit, and the threat of terrorism from the Islamic State Group. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama says parts of climate deal must be legally binding

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

LE BOURGET, France — President Barack Obama said Tuesday that parts of the global warming deal being negotiated in Paris should be legally binding on the countries that sign on, setting up a potential fight with Republicans at home. Obama’s stand won praise at the U.N. climate conference from those who want a strong agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions …

A proposed luxury resort where eagles soar stirs anger

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

WARSAW, Va. — Twice a year, bald eagles from as far north as Canada and as far south as Florida flock by the thousands to a stretch of the Rappahannock River in Virginia for an all-you-can-eat buffet. They perch in trees atop pale cliffs rising along this river to the Chesapeake Bay and …

Leaders make pitches on climate

Monday, November 30, 2015

LE BOURGET, France — With dramatic vows to save future generations from an overheated planet, the largest gathering ever of world leaders began two weeks of talks Monday aimed at producing the most far-reaching pact yet to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and avert environmental havoc. “We should ask what will we say to our …

Quabbin region joins Global People’s Climate March for the Earth

Thursday, November 26, 2015

As France prepares for next week’s gathering of world leaders to act on climate change, citizens from the Quabbin region will join with over 2,500 other groups around the world to stage the Global People’s Climate March for the Earth. The North Quabbin People’s March will take place …

UN expects 2015 to break heat record

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Because of man-made global warming and a strong El Nino, Earth’s wild weather this year is bursting the annual heat record, the World Meteorological Organization announced on Wednesday. The United Nations weather agency’s early bird report …

Horns, body of Nola the rhino to be preserved at Smithsonian

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SAN DIEGO — The horns and body of Nola, the northern white rhino who died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, are being sent to the Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington to assist researchers. Nola’s death leaves only three northern white …

Activists challenge deer hunt

Sunday, November 22, 2015

BOSTON — A plan to allow hunting in a nearly 11-square-mile swath of pristine forest within sight of downtown Boston to thin the exploding deer population is coming under fire from activists who insist that contraception and other …

Coalitions in Massachusetts and New Hampshire call for joint federal review of all pipeline proposals in region

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Three municipal coalitions in Massachusetts and New Hampshire have called for a consolidated federal review of all pipeline proposals in the region. A letter sent Friday to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from the coalitions representing 38 communities follows release last week of a study commissioned by Massachusetts …

Saved by the soil: Climate change and the earth beneath our feet

Friday, November 20, 2015

The challenge of climate change presents a dizzying array of choices and obstacles to consider as we try to develop global solutions. As an activist and a gardener, I’ve been heartened to know that part of the answer …

Valley Views

Friday, November 20, 2015

White-Throated Sparrow Quabbin Reservoir, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, Amherst My usual thoughts on sparrows are that they are everywhere and are all brown and look alike. Lately I have been trying to photograph them …

Heading outdoors

Friday, September 4, 2015

 Pioneer Valley Women’s Running Club — Weekly runs for women of all ages and abilities Saturdays, 8 a.m., Forest Park, Springfield. pvwrc.org  Boreal Spruce-Fir Forest Late Fall Hike — Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Notchview Reservation, Route 9, Windsor. 532-1631 or pvregion@ttor.org to register.  Trees and Forest …

Deerfield Academy joins opposition to Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Thursday, November 19, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield Academy has joined the growing opposition among the area’s private schools to the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Spokesman David Thiel said the school’s trustees voted at a recent meeting to adopt a resolution opposing the project, which would …

Opponents of Tennessee Gas Pipeline applaud report commissioned by Massachusetts attorney general’s office

Thursday, November 19, 2015

A new study of the region’s energy demands and reliability through 2030, commissioned by the state attorney general’s office, is being hailed by people who have questioned the need for the Northeast Energy Direct gas pipeline expected to be formally proposed Friday. However, the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., …