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FILE - In this May 31, 2015 file photo, an Indian man rests in front of an air cooler to cool himself on a hot summer day in Hyderabad, in the southern Indian state of Telangana. Because of man-made global warming and a strong El Nino, Earth’s wild weather this year is bursting the annual heat record, the World Meteorological Organization announced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A., File)

UN expects 2015 to break heat record

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Because of man-made global warming and a strong El Nino, Earth’s wild weather this year is bursting the annual heat record, the World Meteorological Organization announced on Wednesday. The United Nations weather agency’s early bird report on 2015 says it is the hottest year on record, surpassing last year’s record heat. It made the proclamation without waiting for …

Horns, body of Nola the rhino to be preserved at Smithsonian

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SAN DIEGO — The horns and body of Nola, the northern white rhino who died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, are being sent to the Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington to assist researchers. Nola’s death leaves only three northern white rhinos in the world — all in the Ol Pejeta Sanctuary in Kenya. At 41, …

Activists challenge deer hunt

Sunday, November 22, 2015

BOSTON — A plan to allow hunting in a nearly 11-square-mile swath of pristine forest within sight of downtown Boston to thin the exploding deer population is coming under fire from activists who insist that contraception and other more humane methods be used. The hunt in the Blue Hills Reservation is needed to …

Natural gas pipeline opponent seeks extension for prospective intervenors to file with federal commission

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

On the eve of the expected filing by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. of its formal application for its controversial Northeast Energy Direct project, a key opponent is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to extend to 45 days its deadline for prospective intervenors to apply for that …

6 quintillion gallons of water are hiding in the Earth’s crust

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

By Deborah Netburn Los Angeles Times (TNS) Most of us think of the water cycle as something that occurs above ground - water falls from the sky, evaporates back into the atmosphere and then condenses into rain once again. But above-ground water is just a fraction of our …

Forest fires in Indonesia spawn ecological disaster

Monday, November 16, 2015

KAMPAR, Indonesia — For farmer Achmad Rusli, it was a season of smoke: Ten weeks without sunlight for his oranges, guavas and durians, thanks to deliberately set forest fires that burned a chunk of Indonesia the size of …

White deer face uncertain future at defunct weapons site

Monday, November 16, 2015

ROMULUS, N.Y. — Hundreds of ghostly white deer roaming among overgrown munitions bunkers at a sprawling former Army weapons depot face an uncertain future after living and breeding largely undisturbed since the middle of last century. The white …

Zebras flee circus in Philly

Monday, November 16, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — When you hear hoofbeats, the saying goes, you should think horses, not zebras. In Philadelphia on Sunday, you would have been wrong. A pair of zebras escaped from a circus and went running through the streets of west Philadelphia before they were recaptured, police said. The …

Bird sightings

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A pair of redheads was found in an open area of Cheshire Lake. A long-tailed duck was seen for two days on the Connecticut …

Valley Views: Enfield Lookout Autumn

Friday, November 13, 2015

Enfield Lookout, Autumn Quabbin Reservoir, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E, Ely, Amherst The Quabbin Reservoir has many wonderful spots. One of my favorites is the Enfield Lookout, so called because it overlooks the place of the …

Earth Talk: Republican candidates weak on environmental issues

Friday, November 13, 2015

Dear Earthtalk: Where do the leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination stand on environmental issues? — Susan Wollander, Raleigh, North Carolina In recent decades, Republicans have certainly been far less sympathetic to environmental causes than the Democrats, …

Your Photos

Friday, November 13, 2015

Environmental news briefs

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

IN THE NEWS Litter gatherers honored as ‘Heroes of the Ocean’ BOSTON — Volunteers who remove plastic bags, bottles and other litter from Massachusetts’ beaches are being honored this week as “Heroes of the Ocean.” The environmentalist group Women Working for Oceans and the Massachusetts Sierra Club, in …