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Mark Strszko of Northampton trims a year's worth of new growth from the top of a euonymus alatus, or burning bush, on Pomeroy Terrace in Northampton for a client on Wednesday.

A little off the top

Monday, June 29, 2015

Groups push to bolster solar panel program

Monday, June 29, 2015

BOSTON — Environmentalists are pressing Massachusetts lawmakers to lift what they call arbitrary limits on a key program designed to encourage solar panel use in the state. The so-called “net-metering” program allows homeowners, businesses and local governments to sell excess solar power they generate back to the grid in exchange for credit on …

Environmental groups question Beacon Hill Institute report on pipeline-created jobs

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A new report funded by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. states that construction of its Northeast Energy Direct pipeline would create 1,713 jobs in the state, and that the impact could be over 12,000 jobs by 2020. But the report, by the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University in Boston, with ties to the conservative billionaire Koch brothers, is being called into question by …

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 …

Bird Sightings

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A common gallinule and a white-eyed vireo were reported in Belchertown. An Acadian flycatcher and three cerulean warblers were found on Mount Holyoke. Cerulean …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎ A Walk Through the Brewer Road Neighborhood in Pelham — Pelham Historical Society sponsors a walk with Bruce Klotz Saturday, noon. Meet at North Valley Rd in Pelham. programs@pelhamhs.org ∎ New England Tree Climbing Competition — New England …