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Environment

Report catalogs lasting damage from Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Monday, March 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — Dolphins are dying in unusually high numbers. Sea turtle nests are declining. Tuna are developing abnormally. And pelicans and gulls are suffering from the lasting effects of a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago, the National Wildlife Federation warned in a report released Monday. The impact is concentrated in the northern Gulf, but scientists say the long-term damage affects spawning waters for many …

US offers up to 28% emissions cut for global climate treaty

Monday, March 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a highly anticipated announcement, the United States will offer a roughly 28 percent emissions cut as its contribution to a major global climate treaty nearing the final stages of negotiation, according to people briefed on the White House’s plans. The U.S. plans to announce its commitment Tuesday, the informal deadline …

Valley Views: Bald Eagle in Flight

Friday, March 27, 2015

Florida manatee count tallies record high

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

MIAMI — Two years after Florida tallied a record number of manatee deaths, state biologists announced Monday that they have documented a near stampede of wintering sea cows in recent months. An annual statewide survey, conducted over several days in February, counted a record high of 6,063 manatees …

Boston breaks seasonal snowfall record

Sunday, March 15, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s miserable winter is now also its snowiest season going back to 1872. The official measurement of 108.6 inches at Logan International Airport Sunday night topped a season record of 107.9 inches set in 1995-96, …

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 …