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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2015 file photo, children play under the water that they manage to spill over from a water tank, to cool off from the summer heat, at the Alemao Complex slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The next day it’s unusually beastly hot, scientists say you can blame three-quarters of it on humans. As climate change gets worse around mid-century, that percentage of extremely hot days being caused by man-made greenhouse gases will push past 95 percent, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

Study blames humanity for 75% of very hot days

Monday, April 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — If you find yourself sweating out a day that is monstrously hot, chances are you can blame humanity. A new report links three out of four such days to man’s effects on climate. And as climate change worsens around mid-century, that percentage of extremely hot days being caused by man-made greenhouse gases will push past 95 percent, according …

Late spring complicates amphibian migration

Monday, April 27, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — Northern New England’s annual amphibian migration is always perilous, but critters that cross roads to breed are facing an additional challenge this year: a delayed start after the long winter. Every spring, several species of salamanders and frogs travel to vernal pools — temporary bodies of water created by melted snow — to mate and lay eggs, and the resulting …

Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman tells Franklin County Chamber of Commerce of ‘critical need’ for Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Saturday, April 25, 2015

DEERFIELD — Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman Christopher Farrell made a case last week with the region’s business leaders for what he called the “critical need” for the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline. Farrell said it is needed not only to grow the economy, but to keep businesses from leaving. Having Tennessee Gas Pipeline as the only supplier for Berkshire …

Forums planned in Greenfield and Turners Falls on proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Two forums on the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. are scheduled in the coming weeks — one for the general public, the other specifically for potentially affected landowners and communities. To mark Earth Day, the Greenfield Community College Green Campus Committee will …

Demand debated for natural gas that would be delivered by Tennessee Gas pipeline

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The public statement by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. about demand “appears to be seriously overstated,” area opponents of the Northeast Energy Direct project told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week. Massachusetts Pipeline Action Network President Kathryn Eiseman, in a letter sent Wednesday to the Federal Energy …

Hilltown residents report encounters with surveyors for Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Hilltown residents say they remain vigilant following two incidents this month involving survey crews for the Houston-based Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, including an allegation of trespassing. Michael Paulsen of Plainfield said he and his neighbor across Windsor Road came home from work one …

The Great Cloth Diaper Change set for April 18 at Thornes

Friday, April 10, 2015

Grow, on the third floor at Thornes Marketplace in Northampton, will take place in the 5th annual Great Cloth Diaper Change April 18​ from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be the western Massachusetts contribution to a worldwide effort to break the Guinness™ World Record for most …

Earth Matters: Ducking for the elusive, but fierce goose hawk

Friday, April 10, 2015

The wilds of western Massachusetts are not very dangerous. Many threats — mosquitoes and ticks, poison ivy and nettles — are relatively familiar to most people who walk the woods. Poisonous snakes are rare here, and an attack …

Valley Views: Esatern Screech Owl

Friday, April 10, 2015

Bird Sightings

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A Eurasian wigeon has been seen for several days in a flood pool on West Road in Longmeadow. A black-headed gull was found Sunday in a field along Russellville Road in Amherst. A greater …

Pan Am Railways fined for lack of timely report on 20-gallon engine oil spill

Friday, April 10, 2015

EAST DEERFIELD — East Deerfield Rail Yard owner Pan Am Railways has been fined $11,937 by the state for failing to report a 20-gallon engine oil spill within two hours of learning about the incident. According to the state Department of Environmental Protection, the company reported the spill …

Solarize Mass program delayed for Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland

Thursday, April 9, 2015

There will be a three-month delay for residents in Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland who have signed up to install solar-electric panels on their homes. Negotiations fell through with the installer the chosen through the cooperative Solarize Mass photovoltaic program. “Unfortunately, it was not possible to partner with an …

Opponents of Tennessee Gas Pipeline organize letter-writing campaign

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DEERFIELD — Residents of Deerfield opposed to the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. natural gas pipeline will hold a series of letter-writing workshops this month aimed at communicating their stories to state and federal officials. The group — composed of Cathy Bertinuson, Reenie Clancy, Corinne Dugas and Ava Gips …