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Local organizers encourage participation in People’s Climate March in New York City

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Local organizers of the People’s Climate March in New York City are holding a meeting Monday seeking to spark interest in the Sept. 21 event. Susan Theberge, with the groups Climate Action NOW/350MA, said the main focus of the meeting will be on how social justice and peace organizations have a great deal in common with environmental groups, and to encourage community discussion about why these groups should … 0

Study: Toothless ‘dragon’ pterosaurs once ruled skies

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ancient winged reptiles called pterosaurs were so successful that they ruled Earth’s skies for tens of millions of years, according to a study published in the journal ZooKeys. The fearsome fliers, part of a family of pterosaurs named Azhdarchidae, get their name from azdarha, the Persian word for “dragon.” Unlike earlier pterosaurs, they had no teeth, and they dominated from late in the … 0

‘Severe’ drought in 99.8% of California

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Drought conditions may have leveled off across California, but nearly 100 percent of the state remains in the third-harshest category for dryness, according to the latest measurements. For the past two weeks, California’s drought picture has remained the same, halting a steady march toward worse. But the breather has allowed the state to recover only ever so slightly. In May, … 0

Farms are focus of studies on Toledo’s drinking water toxin

Sunday, August 10, 2014

TOLEDO, Ohio — Scientists and farmers agree that phosphorus from agriculture runoff is feeding the blue-green algae blooms on Lake Erie linked to a toxin found in the drinking water of 400,000 people in Ohio and southeastern Michigan … 0

New England consortium of governors, energy executives seeks to slow process for possible utility tariffs

Friday, August 8, 2014

A New England consortium of governors and energy executives has indicated it wants to slow a proposal to petition the federal government for utility customer tariffs to finance $5 billion to $10 billion in power projects such as natural gas pipelines and transmission lines. The New England States … 0

Debris a threat to oceans, wildlife and coral reefs

Friday, August 8, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: Recent news coverage of the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 reminded us all again of how much debris, including plastic, is in our oceans. To what extent is this a real problem that threatens ocean … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. An immature little blue heron was found at Szot Park in Chicopee, then at the Springfield Plaza in a pond next to the theater … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, August 8, 2014

THREE’S A CROWD Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley “She’s mine. Get your own girl.” That’s what this male wood duck appears to be saying to an interested bachelor. I caught the action … 0

Cyclists visit Valley raising awareness about climate change

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Dressed in bright orange T-shirts and black cycling shorts and carried miles by their bicycles, six members of the Climate Summer team have been riding around Massachusetts over the past seven weeks, including a vigil Wednesday night and … 0

The Regulators: MassDEP enforcement notes, violations, fees, orders

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

THE REGULATORS The following are the most recent available state Department of Environmental Protection consent orders and penalty assessments in western Massachusetts. ■ WATER SUPPLY VIOLATIONS AMENDED CONSENT ORDER, JUNE 12, CHESTERFIELD: Entered into an amendment to an … 0

Contact information for Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Hitchcock Center and Earthwork Programs

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment and Earthwork Programs all continue summer camps that have open slots for August. Here is contact information to learn more about these organizations and what they offer. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary 127 Combs Road, Easthampton massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/arcadia 413-584-3009 Hitchcock Center for … 0

Tests show higher-than-acceptable noise from Hoosac Wind turbines

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

MONROE — Acoustic testing of the Hoosac Wind turbines in Monroe and Florida show that noise levels have exceeded the maximum decibel range permissible for the 19-turbine New England Wind facility. Wind turbines in Massachusetts are not allowed to exceed the ambient noise level of their surroundings by … 0

SLIDESHOW: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Hitchcock Center, Earthwork Programs connect children and environment

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

On a hot summer day in mid-July, Rainier Jewett, 8, of Florence rose up from the underbrush in the woods of Conway covered in mud and forest debris and sporting a broad, sly smile. Then several more young … 0