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Environment

Deal reached to preserve Lenox land

Thursday, July 24, 2014

LENOX (AP) — A deal has been reached to preserve more than 140 acres of pristine farmland and open space in the Berkshires. Under a $700,000 agreement announced Tuesday between the Berkshire Natural Resources Council and the Sprague family, owners of Undermountain Farm and Stables, 83 acres of pristine farmland and the 63-acre northern end of Parson’s Marsh in Lenox will be protected for all time as agricultural and open … 0

After loss of dog to coyote, Hadley couple spreads word on dangers

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

HADLEY — Hershey loved being outdoors, especially in the large Middle Street yard and garden where she could chase critters around. But a recent foray outside her home ended in tragedy for the miniature dachshund when she was critically wounded, likely by a coyote that attacked her. The death of the 6½-year-old dog … 1

Climate scientists have a beef with beef

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

If you want to slow climate change, white meat may be the right meat, according to two studies that tally the environmental effect of the beef industry. Raising cattle in the U.S. requires 28 times as much land and 11 times as much irrigation water, and pumps at least five times as much planet-warming gases into Earth’s atmosphere than producing the equivalent calories … 0

Deerfield fruit farm owner Tom Clark decries Tennessee Gas pipeline project

Friday, July 11, 2014

DEERFIELD — Clarkdale Fruit Farm, usually associated with acres of apples, peaches and cherries, became a focus Friday of growing opposition to the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline, as dozens of anti-pipeline protesters gathered at one stop of a … 0

Earth Talk: Is there a link between obesity and chemicals in everyday products?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that, above and beyond our bad eating and lifestyle habits, some chemicals in everyday products are contributing to the obesity problem. Can you explain? — Alyssa Israel, Fairfield, Conn. Obesity is a huge problem … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A red crossbill was heard calling as it flew over the southern end of the Quabbin Reservoir. A black vulture was seen in Belchertown. … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, July 11, 2014

PILEATED WOODPECKER Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Coombs Road, Easthampton Photograph and text by Bette Robo of Worcester My first walk through Arcadia was in May, during a photo workshop field trip. The instructor led us to one of his … 0

Nice day for a walk

Friday, July 11, 2014

Text — Here … 0

Researchers try to save hellbender, largest US salamander

Thursday, July 10, 2014

CORYDON, Ind. — With a long, slimy body and beady eyes, North America’s largest salamander wouldn’t top any cutest animal lists. The hellbender’s alien appearance and mysterious ways have earned the big amphibian a bad reputation and unflattering … 0

Yarnell Hill fire: A year of agonized, unanswered questions

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

YARNELL, Ariz. — Wildland fire chief Darrell Willis tore along the highway and turned on his truck’s headlights to cut the smoke. Ash and embers rained down around him. Over the past two days, in June 2013, a … 0

Undersea mission in Florida Keys concludes

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

MIAMI — Outside the view port of the underwater habitat Aquarius, during the Fabien Cousteau-led Mission 31, a Goliath Grouper nicknamed Sylvia attacked a barracuda while a reef shark and aquanauts watched in delight. “Oh, did you see that?” one of the aquanauts said with the excitement of … 0

Rescuers save large sea turtle off Cape Cod

Monday, July 7, 2014

BARNSTABLE (AP) — Animal rescuers say they have disentangled a large leatherback sea turtle that was trapped in fishing gear off of Cape Cod. Fishermen spotted the turtle off the Sandy Neck section of Barnstable on Sunday. The fishermen reported the sighting to the U.S. Coast Guard who … 0

Shark bite exposes uneasy coexistence between fishermen, beachgoers

Monday, July 7, 2014

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.— The weekend biting of a long-distance swimmer by a great white shark exposed an uneasy coexistence between fishermen and beachgoers at Manhattan Beach Pier. The swimmer, Steve Robles, a 50-year-old real estate professional, is expected to recover from the bite he suffered Saturday. The shark … 0