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Report catalogs lasting damage from Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Monday, March 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — Dolphins are dying in unusually high numbers. Sea turtle nests are declining. Tuna are developing abnormally. And pelicans and gulls are suffering from the lasting effects of a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago, the National Wildlife Federation warned in a report released Monday. The impact is concentrated in the northern Gulf, but scientists say the long-term damage affects spawning waters for many …

US offers up to 28% emissions cut for global climate treaty

Monday, March 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a highly anticipated announcement, the United States will offer a roughly 28 percent emissions cut as its contribution to a major global climate treaty nearing the final stages of negotiation, according to people briefed on the White House’s plans. The U.S. plans to announce its commitment Tuesday, the informal deadline …

Valley Views: Bald Eagle in Flight

Friday, March 27, 2015

Environmental films at Tower Theaters

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

IN THE NEWS Environmental films at Tower Theaters The fifth Project Native environmental film festival will begin Sunday at the Tower Theaters in South Hadley. The schedule is 10 a.m., “Dam Nation” (53 minutes); 11:30 a.m., “Plastic Paradise” (57 minutes); 1 p.m., “The Starfish Throwers” (82 minutes); 2:50 …

At Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, partnerships key to conservation efforts

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Forging working partnerships with landowners, state and federal agencies and private and nonprofit groups plays a critical role in the success of most conservation efforts. Assessing potential projects and rounding up the right players is a key part …

Conte Refuge one of more than 550 in country protecting fish, wildlife and plants

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The National Wildlife Refuge System within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve the country’s fish, wildlife, and plants. Established in 1903, the system has grown to contain more than 150 million acres within more than 550 …

First Pioneer Valley Ecological Management Conference fuels collaborative efforts by environmentalists

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The first Pioneer Valley Ecological Management Conference was deemed a success by organizers who were pleased by the presentations and the community turnout Saturday. “We are thrilled. This was a tremendous mix of people with a …

After the big snow, the big melt

Monday, March 9, 2015

BOSTON — New England is going from the Big Snow to the Big Melt. After winter storms dumped nearly 9 feet of snow over the course of a month, many parts of the region will see milder weather …

States fight to keep their wood fires burning

Sunday, March 8, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Smoke wafting from wood fires has long provided a familiar winter smell in many parts of the country — and, in some cases, a foggy haze that has filled people’s lungs with fine particles …

Earth Talk: Once promising Cape Wind Project gasping for air

Friday, March 6, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest on the controversial Cape Wind project off Cape Cod in Massachusetts? — Mitchell Barstow, Bern, North Carolina First proposed in 2001, the Cape Wind Project aims to put 130 wind turbines across 24 …

Concern over proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline passing through contaminated rail yard in East Deerfield

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — With projects to clean up pollution at the Pan Am Railways yard in East Deerfield underway, some town residents are worried that the Tennessee Gas Pipeline route will pass through the property and further spread contaminants. …

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary to host Pioneer Valley Ecological Management Conference

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A conference Saturday will showcase some of the best conservation and ecological preservation work in the Pioneer Valley. The Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary at 127 Combs Road will host its first Pioneer Valley Ecological Management Conference Saturday. Free and open to the public, the conference will highlight …

Ice slows business, traffic on NE, Midwest waterways

Monday, March 2, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — Waterways around the Northeast and the Midwest are beset by ice more than a foot thick in some places, making life miserable for people who make their living on the water. Portland resident Scott Werner …