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Michelle Staudinger with a squid while on a research project.

UMass report on climate change to help guide wildlife action plans in 22 states

Monday, July 6, 2015

AMHERST — The work of University of Massachusetts Amherst climate scientists will be used in 22 states to inform decisions about how to protect vulnerable wildlife from the effects of climate change. Michelle Staudinger, science coordinator for the Northeast Climate Science Center at UMass, was the project leader for the center’s effort to integrate possible impacts of climate change into state wildlife action plans, which are due to be updated this year in all 50 states. She and her team prepared a report to provide practical information for protecting species in the Northeast that could be threatened by climate change. “We wanted to go beyond …

US report warns of polar bears’ peril

Thursday, July 2, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Polar bears are at risk of dying off if humans don’t reverse the trend of global warming, a blunt U.S. government report filed Thursday said. “The single most important step for polar bear conservation is decisive action to address Arctic warming,” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a …

Mayflies cause crashes, close bridge for 2nd night

Monday, June 15, 2015

WRIGHTSVILLE, Pa. — A bridge has been closed for a second straight night because of swarms of mayflies so thick they caused accidents, authorities said. Wrightsville fire officials said the Route 462 bridge over the Susquehanna River between …

Pope backs climate-change science, denounces world leaders

Monday, June 15, 2015

ROME — Pope Francis has endorsed the science behind global warming and denounced the world’s political leaders for putting national self-interests ahead of action. The 192-page leaked draft of a papal encyclical, published Monday by the Italian magazine L’Espresso, is an attempt to influence the debate before United …

Northfield officials’ visit to Pennsylvania compressor station finds no ‘serious concentration of issues’

Saturday, June 13, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Northfield and Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, each have about 3,000 residents, and the rural communities would seem to share a lot of other similarities. And like Wellsboro, which has a series of gas lamps planted down the center island of the downtown, Northfield is targeted by the gas …

Earth Talk: How to tame the junk-mail tidal wave

Friday, June 12, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: It seems like I’m getting more junk mail than ever these days. How can I stop the deluge? — Grace Dixon, Houston, Texas First of all, you’re probably right! Junk mail has increased to a massive …

Bird Sightings

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A common gallinule and a white-eyed vireo were reported in Belchertown. An Acadian flycatcher and three cerulean warblers were found on Mount Holyoke. Cerulean …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎ A Walk Through the Brewer Road Neighborhood in Pelham — Pelham Historical Society sponsors a walk with Bruce Klotz Saturday, noon. Meet at North Valley Rd in Pelham. programs@pelhamhs.org ∎ New England Tree Climbing Competition — New England …

Valley Views: Immature Bald Eagle

Friday, June 12, 2015

Opponents of pipeline and process used by DPU dominate hearing in Greenfield

Friday, June 12, 2015

People who spoke at a three-hour state Department of Public Utilities hearing Thursday night sounded off about the agency’s process itself, in addition to the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., which would …

Public has opportunities to participate in review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, June 12, 2015

As Thursday night’s state Department of Public Utilities hearing in Greenfield demonstrated, there are a variety of ways people can make their voices heard over the planned Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. The DPU review of a long-term supply agreement between the developer of the Northeast Energy Direct project …

UMass report details impact of Tennessee Gas Pipeline on environmentally sensitive areas in Franklin County

Thursday, June 11, 2015

If the proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline is built across 35 miles of Franklin County, it could affect a greater share of fragile landscape than in other parts of the state. Here, at least 42 percent …