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Cape Wind's effort to install offshore wind turbines in Massachusetts' Nantucket Sound may be "dead in the water" due to funding problems.

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 square miles of Horseshoe Shoal almost five miles offshore of Cape Cod to generate some 1,500 gigawatt hours of electricity per year …

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. Lynn Rose, a former member of the town’s Planning Board who has been working with …

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 some of the conservation and ecological work being done by local organizations such as Trustees …

More frigid weather to follow latest storm

Sunday, February 15, 2015

BOSTON — Another weekend, another major snowstorm: The latest system to sweep the Northeast brought another foot to Boston — on top of 6 feet that has fallen over the last month — and tested New Englanders who …

Area briefs

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Amherst CLIMATE CHANGE MUSIC: A community gathering featuring poetry and music that aims to inspire action on climate change will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St. The event will feature readings by poets John Berkowitz and Don Ogden, songs …

Alan Eccleston of Hadley comes up with idea for voluntary carbon tax which gains momentum

Friday, February 13, 2015

LEVERETT — It dawned on Alan Eccleston as he was silently worshipping at the Mount Toby Friends Quaker Meeting one day that if the government is not willing to tackle carbon-induced global warming, why can’t people impose a …

Earth Matters: Winter whaling on the Cape

Friday, February 13, 2015

There is much of nature to see in western Massachusetts, but some experiences require travel farther afield. Whales are among the creatures that I am least likely to encounter here, so I like to drive a few hours …

Valley Views: Fitzgerald Lake, Winter

Friday, February 13, 2015

Fitzgerald Lake, Winter Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area, North Farms Road, Florence Photograph and text by Larry Cadotette, Florence The Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area in Florence contains forest, open meadows and wetland habitats. An easy New Year’s Day walk …

Bird sightings in the area

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. The clay-colored sparrow has returned to a feeder in Belchertown. A fox sparrow is also coming to the feeder. A pine warbler is coming …

China lead contributor to plastic trash in oceans

Friday, February 13, 2015

The first worldwide estimate of where the ocean’s massive amount of plastic garbage comes from points at China and developing economies in Asia. The study, published online Thursday in the journal Science, estimates that China’s heavily coastal population contributes 1.3 million to 3.5 million metric tons of plastic …

Study: Most plastic trash in oceans from China

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The first worldwide estimate of where the ocean’s massive amount of plastic garbage comes from points at China and developing economies in Asia. The study, published online Thursday in the journal Science, estimates that China’s heavily coastal population contributes 1.3 million to 3.5 million metric tons of plastic …

Fresh cold snap brings threat of more snow

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

BOSTON — Just as southern New England residents finished digging out from the latest storm, forecasters say more snow is on the way. The region, which has already had record snowfall, saw a dusting of snow Wednesday and …

Anti-Tennessee Gas Pipeline groups seek to intervene in opposing Nova Scotia export terminal

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Several groups opposing the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Energy Direct project have also filed to become intervenors fighting an export terminal for natural gas they say Tennessee Gas would feed. The Cummington-based Massachusetts Pipeline Action Network on Monday called on the U.S. Department of Energy to extend the …