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President Barack Obama speaks about his Clean Power Plan, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in the East Room at the White House in Washington. The president is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Power plant rules put climate change on 2016 radar

Monday, August 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s sweeping new power plant regulations are thrusting the divisive debate over climate change into the race for the White House, with candidates in both parties seeing an opportunity to capitalize. To Democrats, rallying around global climate change is a way to energize liberal supporters and paint Republicans as out of touch with the majority of …

NH floats desalination plant idea

Monday, August 3, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A New Hampshire seacoast official says investing in a regional plant to convert seawater into drinking water could provide a limitless supply of clean water to communities from southern Maine to northern Massachusetts. Portsmouth Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine tells the Portsmouth Herald he wants to see a seacoast coalition formed to investigate the potential of building a desalination plant. Splaine …

Zimbabwe accuses 2nd US man of illegal lion hunt

Sunday, August 2, 2015

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Now there are two: Zimbabwe accused a Pennsylvania doctor on Sunday of illegally killing a lion in April, adding to the outcry over a Minnesota dentist the African government wants to extradite for killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July. Zimbabwe’s National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority accused …

Earth Matters: Storms, sprites and other sky oddities

Friday, July 17, 2015

July is a time for fireworks, both man-made and natural. To me, one of summer’s most exciting light shows is the thunderstorm, with its amazing lightning displays and the promise it brings of cooling rain. As I write …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎ Fitzgerald Lake Invasive Plant Removal — Broad Brook Coalition sponsors removal of water chestnut Sunday, 10 a.m., Fitzgerald Lake, Northampton. No experience required. Meet at North Farms Road entrance. bhart2000@aol.com, 584-4176. ∎ Northampton Cross-Country Races — 5K …

Bird Sightings

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A pair of common gallinules with five chicks, a sora, and 10 marsh wrens were found at the Konkapot-Agawam marshes in Stockbridge and Great …

Your Photos

Friday, July 17, 2015

Bear activity in the yard is unusual for the Faireys of Shutesbury even though they live ¼ mile west Lake Wyola on the Leverett/Shutesbury town line. They’ve never had a bear visit during the day, but this bear …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline reduces capacity sought for Northeast Energy Direct project

Friday, July 17, 2015

The company proposing a natural gas pipeline that would pass through Plainfield and eight Franklin County towns on its way from Pennsylvania’s shale fields to Dracut has announced that its formal federal application for the project in October will call for 1.3 billion cubic feet per day, requiring …

Calif. raises stakes in water tussle with farmers

Thursday, July 16, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. — California water regulators flexed their muscles on Thursday by ordering a group of farmers to stop pumping from a branch of the San Joaquin River amid an escalating battle over how much power the state …

State Energy Facilities Siting Board schedules hearing in Greenfield on Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The public will have another opportunity to sound off about the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Energy Direct project — this time before the state’s Energy Facilities Siting Board. The board, which is among state agencies participating in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s review of the proposed pipeline …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline compressor proposed for Northfield would be among largest in US

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The 80,000 horsepower compressor station proposed to be built in Northfield would be among the very largest compressor stations along natural gas pipelines in the United States, according to a federal listing. In fact, the three 80,000-horsepower compressor stations planned in Northfield, Windsor, New Hampshire, and Hillsborough, New …

Residents, businesses and nonprofits in Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland eligible for solar-energy discounts

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Solarize Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland consortium has enough households signed up to qualify for the deepest discount possible on the purchase of solar-energy panel systems — at a $3.40-per-watt base price. With 38 households on board to buy photovoltaic systems that will collectively generate up to 285 kilowatts (kW) of …

Two dead, 6 missing after floods hit Ky. community

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

FLAT GAP, Ky. — Doris Hardin watched the water rise from the window of her mobile home in rural Johnson County. Her lights flickered off then her neighbor banged on the door, shouting for her to flee. She …