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Earth Matters: Awesome auroras: Watch for them in a sky near you

Friday, December 19, 2014

By all accounts, I am a space junkie (I suppose that beats being space junk). Gazing skyward gives me a proper perspective on my worldly concerns. My childhood was enlivened by hours spent watching the first moon landings on a grainy television screen, and I am still stirred by Neil Armstrong’s first words upon stepping onto the lunar surface. I …

Bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A black-headed gull was found Sunday in Hadley. A Barrow’s goldeneye, three canvasbacks and a red-necked grebe were seen at Turners Falls. Another red-necked grebe was found at the southern end of the Quabbin Reservoir and the clay-colored sparrow …

Valley Views: Adumbration

Friday, December 19, 2014

Adumbration, Springfield Road, Belchertown Photo and text by Julius Lester, Belchertown November is its own season. The colors of autumn have faded, but winter has not arrived. On Nov. 13, when I saw the dead leaves with a sprinkling of snow on the deck, I felt I was looking at the past in …

Valley Views: Sunrise at Hank’s Meadow, Quabbin Park, Belchertown

Friday, December 5, 2014

Sunrise at Quabbin, Hank’s Meadow, Quabbin Park, Belchertown Photo and text by Pete Miller of East Longmeadow I woke up early Oct. 14 and drove through the dark to situate myself and camera equipment to create a dramatic …

Earth Matters: O, say can you see an eagle?

Friday, December 5, 2014

When a bald eagle flies, it lifts more than its roughly 10 pounds. The weight of nations has been carried for thousands of years by various eagles serving as symbols for Armenia, Mexico, Poland, ancient Rome and many …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline promises to ‘make whole’ farmers who sign agreements

Friday, December 5, 2014

AMHERST — Farmers who sign agreements with Tennessee Gas Pipeline granting easements for the company’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project will be “made whole,” according to the company. But, during the annual meeting Thursday of the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation, they also were cautioned to understand all the …

UN: 2014 on track for hottest year

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

LIMA, Peru — With temperature data showing 2014 currently tied for the hottest year on record, the U.N. weather agency on Wednesday rejected claims that global warming has paused. The World Meteorological Organization said the global average temperature …

Tennessee Gas dismisses effort by Deerfield to ban pipeline as ‘nullity’

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

DEERFIELD — The town’s battle to prevent a proposed natural gas pipeline from passing within its limits continues to heat up, with Kinder Morgan, the parent company of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., firing back against an October decision by the Deerfield Board of Health to ban activities related …

Parched Calif. gets rain, now fears mudslides

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Heavy rain from a powerful Pacific storm swept through parched California on Tuesday, providing some relief from a three-year drought but prompting evacuations in wildfire-scarred communities threatened by mudslides and flooding. The rain began falling …

Area businesses briefed on Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dozens of area business owners were briefed Tuesday on the state of natural gas capacity in the region and proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. pipeline project during informational meetings sponsored by chambers of commerce in Hampshire and Franklin …

Cold War radiation exposure results in $800M in fed payments

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

WASHINGTON — More than 8,000 current or former workers of the Department of Energy nuclear site in Aiken, S.C., have received at least $800 million in federal compensation and paid medical expenses for job-related illnesses, Labor Department data show. The payments under a little-noticed federal program represent a …

Hundreds of ill endangered turtles from Mass. getting help

Monday, December 1, 2014

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Georgia’s hospital for sick and injured sea turtles has been busier than ever, pitching in with other East Coast rehabilitation centers to treat hundreds of endangered turtles washing ashore with acute hypothermia in Massachusetts. The …

Storm upsets Thanksgiving for thousands across region

Thursday, November 27, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — The first major snowstorm of the season left more than 300,000 customers in northern New England without power, forcing many to make last-minute changes to their Thanksgiving plans. The heavy snowfall set accumulation records across …