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Children whose school is under construction sit in the shade of a tree for classes on a hot summer day near Badshahpur, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 42 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. In southern India, hundreds of people have died since the middle of April as soaring summer temperatures scorch the country, officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

Heat kills 1,100 in India

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Soaring summer temperatures in India have left over 1,100 people dead over the past month, officials said Wednesday. Most of the deaths have been reported in the southeastern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana. More than 852 people have died from the stifling heat in Andhra Pradesh since May 13, a government statement said. In neighboring …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline meeting raises legal, technical consideration for municipal officials

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Although less heated than many forums about the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project that would cross western Massachusetts, a two-hour meeting Tuesday hosted by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments raised several legal and technical considerations for many of the roughly 60 municipal officials and others attending. Jeffrey Bernstein of Newton-based BCK Law told the gathering at Greenfield Community College that although the …

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary earns spot in Yankee Magazine ‘Best of New England’ travel guide

Monday, May 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Yankee Magazine has named Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary to its annual list of New England’s best travel destinations. The sanctuary, listed in the category of “Best Birdwatching” in Massachusetts, is featured in the magazine’s Best of New England 2015 Editors’ Choice travel guide. The guide appears in the magazine’s May / June …

Massachusetts Envirothon at the Quabbin Reservoir a test for high school student teams

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Some 250 students from across the state will gather at the Quabbin Reservoir Thursday to participate in a unique competition that will test their environmental knowledge, field work, problem-solving abilities and communication skills, as they take part in …

Eversource seeks supply charge rate decrease beginning July 1

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Eversource announced Monday that it has filed with the state Department of Public Utilities to lower its supply charge rate by more than 31 percent beginning July 1, reflecting a drop from its historically high charge over the past six months. If the basic service supply price, which …

Easthampton free seed library to open as a way to combat food insecurity

Monday, May 11, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Though words like “local,” “organic,” and “open-pollinated” are often found on high-priced food labels, members of a food advocacy group called Feasthampton say quality, garden-grown food shouldn’t be a luxury item. That’s why they’re starting the …

Plastic bag, bottle bans take effect in Massachusetts towns

Sunday, May 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — Several cities and towns throughout the state have banned either plastic bags or bottles. Some are considering banning more plastic items in the future. But it appears Greenfield may be the first to try to ban …

Gas pipeline opponents plan presentation at Deerfield Community Center

Saturday, May 9, 2015

DEERFIELD — Hattie Nestel of Athol and David Keith of Deerfield will address the question “Why the Pipeline Is Bad for Massachusetts” during a presentation from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Deerfield Community Center, 16 Old Main St., in Old Deerfield. The presenters said they will …

Earth Matters: Hormones, another amazing aspect of trees’ wondrous systems

Friday, May 8, 2015

In my Jan. 31 column, I wrote about the incredible complexity of trees’ hydraulic system. Now, I’m going to focus on another amazing way trees have evolved to survive: their hormonal system. Yes, that’s right — their hormonal …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎  “Florence: Dedicated to the Proposition”: A History Walking Tour — Historical walking tour covering the founding of Florence Saturday, 10 a.m., Sojourner Truth Memorial, corner of Park and Pine Streets, Florence. 586-2869 . ∎  Wildflower Hike and Vernal Pool Exploration — Trustees of Reservations sponsor hike with …

Forecasters predict more Plains storms

Thursday, May 7, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY — Communities in several southern Plains states set to work cleaning up Thursday after a night of storms that spawned 51 tornadoes, assessing the damage under sunny skies but with the threat of even worse weather …

CO2 hits 400 ppm milestone

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — Global levels of carbon dioxide, the most prevalent heat-trapping gas, have passed a daunting milestone, federal scientists say. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says in March, the global monthly average for carbon dioxide hit 400.83 …

Calif. regulators approve sweeping water cutbacks

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California water regulators adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions Tuesday on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state’s ongoing drought. The State Water Resources Control Board approved rules that force cities to limit …