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Horns, body of Nola the rhino to be preserved at Smithsonian

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SAN DIEGO — The horns and body of Nola, the northern white rhino who died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, are being sent to the Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington to assist researchers. Nola’s death leaves only three northern white rhinos in the world — all in the Ol Pejeta Sanctuary in Kenya. At 41, Nola was in rapidly declining health; zookeepers …

Activists challenge deer hunt

Sunday, November 22, 2015

BOSTON — A plan to allow hunting in a nearly 11-square-mile swath of pristine forest within sight of downtown Boston to thin the exploding deer population is coming under fire from activists who insist that contraception and other more humane methods be used. The hunt in the Blue Hills Reservation is needed to …

Coalitions in Massachusetts and New Hampshire call for joint federal review of all pipeline proposals in region

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Three municipal coalitions in Massachusetts and New Hampshire have called for a consolidated federal review of all pipeline proposals in the region. A letter sent Friday to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from the coalitions representing 38 communities follows release last week of a study commissioned by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey that concludes additional gas pipeline capacity is not needed to lower …

Americans about evenly split in choice of cremation or burial

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

According to The National Funeral Directors Association, in 2014 the national median cost of a conventional adult funeral with viewing, burial and vault was $8,508. The median cost of a funeral with viewing and cremation was $6,078. Though conservation burial prices vary by location, they generally cost about …

‘Woodland partnership’ would offer financial and technical assistance for forest-based economic development

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Eleven western Franklin County towns could get an economic boost with state and federal grants to help preserve woodlands, manage timber, boost tourism and forestry industries — including wood-pellet manufacturing to heat town-owned buildings, according to a new …

Rejection of Keystone XL pipeline latest step by President Barack Obama to show US leadership against global warming

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

WASHINGTON — For years, President Barack Obama chided Republicans and Democrats alike for treating the Keystone XL pipeline as a signal of whether the U.S. would seriously fight global warming. Now that he’s killed the project, Obama is …

Green burial movement advocates alternative to conventional interment

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

As green living continues to take a more prominent place in the United States, there is now a growing movement that is focusing on green dying. “Imagine living your whole life as an environmentally conscious person and at …

Environmentalists support smaller of two expansion plans for Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge

Monday, November 9, 2015

HADLEY — Local environmentalists who testified during a hearing Monday on management options for the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge said they prefer the smaller of two expansion plans. Roughly 60 people attended the hour-long …

Keystone off the table, but back East, pipeline fight builds

Monday, November 9, 2015

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. — Carolyn and Ian Reilly and their four children left Florida’s sprawl in 2010 to farm 58 acres in rural Virginia, raising beef cattle, chicken and hogs. Then a year ago, they learned a natural …

World Bank: Warming to exacerbate poverty

Sunday, November 8, 2015

STOCKHOLM — Climate change could push more than 100 million people into extreme poverty by 2030 by disrupting agriculture and fueling the spread of malaria and other diseases, the World Bank said in a report Sunday. Released just …

Local activists, sustainability experts say Keystone decision a move in the right direction

Friday, November 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Local activists and sustainability experts view President Barack Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL project as an important economic and environmental step in reducing the country’s dependency on oil and paving the way for expansion of …

Hearing Monday in Hadley on management plan for Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge

Friday, November 6, 2015

HADLEY — Residents will have the opportunity to offer comments about a document to manage the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, which extends through Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. A public hearing will be held at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service building at …

Valley Views: Red Squirrel

Friday, November 6, 2015

Red Squirrel Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Coombs Road, Easthampton Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley I’m a frequent visitor to the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary on Coombs Road in Easthampton. On this day in late September …