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President Barack Obama speaks about his Clean Power Plan, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in the East Room at the White House in Washington. The president is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Power plant rules put climate change on 2016 radar

Monday, August 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s sweeping new power plant regulations are thrusting the divisive debate over climate change into the race for the White House, with candidates in both parties seeing an opportunity to capitalize. To Democrats, rallying around global climate change is a way to energize liberal supporters and paint Republicans as out of touch with the majority of …

NH floats desalination plant idea

Monday, August 3, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A New Hampshire seacoast official says investing in a regional plant to convert seawater into drinking water could provide a limitless supply of clean water to communities from southern Maine to northern Massachusetts. Portsmouth Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine tells the Portsmouth Herald he wants to see a seacoast coalition formed to investigate the potential of building a desalination plant. Splaine …

Zimbabwe accuses 2nd US man of illegal lion hunt

Sunday, August 2, 2015

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Now there are two: Zimbabwe accused a Pennsylvania doctor on Sunday of illegally killing a lion in April, adding to the outcry over a Minnesota dentist the African government wants to extradite for killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July. Zimbabwe’s National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority accused …

Valley Views: Heron and Red-wing

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Earth Talk: Conservatives blame liberals for California drought

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: Is California’s epic drought really the result of too much meddling by environmentalists like some conservatives have suggested? — Betsy Martin, Butte, Montana While no one questions that California is in the midst of one of …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 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 ∎ Invasive Plant Removal at Graves Farm Sanctuary — Removal of Asian bittersweet vine Saturday, 9 a.m. …

Rosenberg wants feds to delay hearing in Greenfield next week on Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg is calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to postpone a public hearing in Greenfield next week on the Tennessee Gas Pipeline project to give people more time to review the company’s delated filing …

Pan Am settles alleged violations with EPA

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

EAST DEERFIELD — Pan Am Railways has agreed to pay $152,000 to settle allegations by the federal Environmental Protection Agency that it violated the Clean Water Act at the East Deerfield Railyard and another of its railyards in …

World mayors at Vatican seek ‘bold climate agreement’

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

VATICAN CITY — Dozens of mayors from around the world demanded Tuesday that their national leaders take bold steps at the Paris climate talks this year, saying that could be the last chance to keep the Earth’s warming …

Medicinal herbs

Monday, July 20, 2015

Website offers civilized solutions to wildlife woes

Monday, July 20, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Looking for a civilized solution to a wildlife problem? Residents of 13 eastern states and the District of Columbia have a new online resource. The site — wildlifehelp.org — was created by the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Northeast Wildlife …

Scotland in the park

Sunday, July 19, 2015

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Valley Views: Injured Hummingbird

Friday, July 17, 2015

Injured Hummingbird Route 63, Leverett Photograph and text by Georgette deFriesse, Belchertown This poor little thing flew into a screen. I was at my massage therapist’s house last month wandering around outside with my camera, as I had …