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Local organizers encourage participation in People’s Climate March in New York City

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Local organizers of the People’s Climate March in New York City are holding a meeting Monday seeking to spark interest in the Sept. 21 event. Susan Theberge, with the groups Climate Action NOW/350MA, said the main focus of the meeting will be on how social justice and peace organizations have a great deal in common with environmental groups, and to encourage community discussion about why these groups should … 0

Study: Toothless ‘dragon’ pterosaurs once ruled skies

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ancient winged reptiles called pterosaurs were so successful that they ruled Earth’s skies for tens of millions of years, according to a study published in the journal ZooKeys. The fearsome fliers, part of a family of pterosaurs named Azhdarchidae, get their name from azdarha, the Persian word for “dragon.” Unlike earlier pterosaurs, they had no teeth, and they dominated from late in the … 0

‘Severe’ drought in 99.8% of California

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Drought conditions may have leveled off across California, but nearly 100 percent of the state remains in the third-harshest category for dryness, according to the latest measurements. For the past two weeks, California’s drought picture has remained the same, halting a steady march toward worse. But the breather has allowed the state to recover only ever so slightly. In May, … 0

Agencies team up for first ‘Samplepalooza’ to test Connecticut River health

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Just how pollutant-free is the Connecticut River, from the top of Vermont to the Long Island Sound? A group of agencies will pool their efforts Wednesday to collect data on nitrogen and phosphorous content, along with other algae-growing … 0

Sunderland residents replace lost maple trees

Monday, August 4, 2014

SUNDERLAND — For years, Sunderland resident Craig Felton has watched as the regal maple trees that line South Main Street have been battered by storms, succumbed to disease, or met their end, one by one, with a chain … 0

After wildfire, debate over letting nature take its course

Sunday, August 3, 2014

GROVELAND, Calif. — Nearly a year since a historic wildfire charred a huge swath of California’s High Sierra, debate rages over what to do with millions of dead trees left in its wake: truck them to lumber mills … 0

Lake Erie algae bloom fouls Toledo tap water

Sunday, August 3, 2014

TOLEDO, Ohio — The toxins that contaminated the drinking water supply of 400,000 people in northwest Ohio didn’t just suddenly appear. Water plant operators along western Lake Erie have long been worried about this very scenario as a … 0

Greenpeace ship released by Russia after 10 months

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Greenpeace protest ship Arctic Sunrise has been released after 10 months of detention by Russian authorities and the damaged icebreaker is now limping back home to Amsterdam, the environmental activist group said Friday. The Arctic Sunrise was boarded and seized by Russian forces Sept. 19 and the … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, August 1, 2014

HAWK College Highway, Southampton Photograph and text by Andrew Brodeur of Southampton This beautiful hawk was about 40 feet up in a tree on Route 10, very close to the Westfield- Southampton line. When I noticed it, I … 0

A naturalist mows the lawn

Friday, August 1, 2014

Lawn mowing gets me thinking. I think about why I mow the lawn; the one-word answer that often comes to me is “wood.” Left alone, most New England soil eventually grows forest. Trees block views, threaten damage from … 0

Westhampton wildlife

Friday, August 1, 2014

Kimberly Jones of Westhampton took this photo of a coyote that she saw standing in a field on the evening of July 23. … 0

Divers stop oil leaking from sunken WWII ship, but threat still looms

Thursday, July 31, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C.— The W.E. Hutton is one of hundreds of wrecks off the North Carolina coast, known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, where treacherous currents, shifting sands and strong storms have feasted on ships for centuries. Earlier this month, the Coast Guard received a call from a … 0

‘Ocean safari’ shark watch on offer

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BARNSTABLE (AP) — Two marine conservation groups are offering a daylong ocean trip on Cape Cod to search for great white sharks, humpback whales, gray seals and seabirds in their wild habitat, billing the trip as the first of its kind and calling it a safari. Organizers say … 0